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Urban Health information resources

We would like to compile a comprehensive listing of urban health information resources, so please send an email to dcampbell@usaid.gov if you have additional contacts, websites, journals, etc to add to the list below:

USAID Urban Health Contact

– Anthony Kolb, akolb@usaid.gov, USAID Urban Health Advisor.

Urban Health News – Environmental Health at USAID

Urban Health Updates – A news feed on urban health issues 

USAID Sponspored Urban Health Links

Urban Health Resource Centre-India – UHRC is a non-profit organization which aims to address health issues of the urban poor through in partnerships with government and civil society. programs in diverse cities.

Urban Reproductive Health Initiative – URHI is a multi-country program targeting the urban poor, to improve contraceptive choice and increase access to high quality, voluntary family planning. The Initiative links country-level consortia with evaluation experts on the Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project who will build a robust evidence base to shape future urban family planning, reproductive health, and integrated maternal and newborn health programs.

Making Cities Work – USAID’s Urban Programs Team is dedicated to increasing economic prosperity, democracy and security in the world’s rapidly growing cities. The Team works across sectors to advance the Agency’s Making Cities Work Strategy in (1) City Management and Services, (2) Local Economic Development, and (3) Municipal Finance.

International Organoizations

IDRC Urban Poverty and Environment (UPE) Program – UPE funds research and activities in developing countries that apply integrated and participatory approaches to reducing environmental burdens on the urban poor and enhancing the use of natural resources for food, water and income security.

International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) – ISUH is an association of researchers, scholars, and professionals from various disciplines and areas of the world who study the health effects of urban environments and urbanization.

WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health – The Knowledge Network on Urban Settings (KNUS) is focused on synthesizing global knowledge on social determinants of health and urbanization.

WHO Healthy Cities Initiative – Launched in 1986, Healthy Cities is now in its fourth phase (2003–2008). Cities currently involved are working on three core themes: healthy ageing, healthy urban planning and health impact assessment. Links to associated regional WHO efforts include: PAHO HealthyMunicipalities/Cities, PAHO Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, WHO Collaborating Centre for Urban Health and Alliance for Healthy Cities.

World Bank/Urban Health – The goal of this site is to provide multi-sectoral programs and teams links to resources to design, implement and improve urban interventions that will improve health outcomes.

HABITAT Water and Sanitation Program – The highest priority for UN-HABITAT’s Water and Sanitation program is improving access to safe water and helping provide adequate sanitation to millions of low-income urban dwellers and measuring that impact.

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/Universities

African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) – The Center’s mission is to promote the well-being of Africans through policy-relevant research on population and health.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) – IIED’s Human Settlements Programme has been working on urban environmental issues since the mid-1970s. IIED also publishes Environment and Urbanization, a key journal for studies on urban issues.

– Jhpiego: Urban health in African Slums – Jhpiego has implemented two large programs in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya in the past several years and is a founding member of the Nairobi Urban Health Poverty Partnership, a collaborative effort designed to demonstrate the variety of interventions that must be addressed to foster sustainable improvements to health in urban slums.

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