Heading to WHO Global Forum on Urbanization and Health


It was just a short while ago that the World Health Organization’s Global Forum on Urbanization and Health in Kobe, Japan was month’s away. It is now less than a week away, and the excitement about the meeting appears to be growing.

The agenda has been set, the National League of Cities’ role in the agenda determined, and World Health Organization leaders, national government ministers and local government officials including city representatives are about to engage in a meaningful discussion about the impact of urbanization on residents’ health and the ways that cities and towns can address this issue.

Importantly, as a matter of policy, the World Health Organization has determined that to talk about this issue one must engage sub-national governments, including cities and towns. For that reason, the National League of Cities has been engaged as an active partner involved in the drafting of the final report that will be issued during the Forum and the declaration that member states are expected to endorse, as well as a facilitator during a peer-to-peer discussion on how local governments can best address their citizens’ health care needs.

Forum organizers expect to achieve three things:

The first is to provide attendees with information on the issues surrounding urbanization and health. For developed countries the focus will be on disparities in health care based on income and access and provide solutions that may be implemented locally to address this problem.

The second is to provide attendees with examples of what cities and towns around the world are doing to address the problems arising from increased urbanization. This will be done through a series of workshops highlighting these efforts, including presentations by elected and appointed city leaders and health care providers on the second day.

The third is to adopt a declaration on urbanization and health that will provide member states, and cities and towns, with guidance and information on how to address health care disparities that arise in urban environments.

You can follow each day’s activities either her through a series of blogs that I expect to post or via Twitter @neilbomberg or @leagueofcities. If there is anything you would specifically like to know about the conference, please feel free to raise the question in the comments section, and I will attempt to respond as quickly as possible either through a follow-up blog or via Twitter.

2 comments on “Heading to WHO Global Forum on Urbanization and Health”

  1. “The trends of Urbanization, Analytical Study of Urban Health, “A Case Study of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra” has been introductory discussed in the earlier chapters. Urban region of the district is preferred for the analytical study. The population trend, history of population growth considered based on 1901 to 2001 census records. Projected populations of 2010 are also used some times in the study. The slum population and poor population estimated based on the 2001 census figures, and the 2008 population with using moderate projection techniques generated for the logical arrangements of district scenario of urban health. Slum population and urban poor have based on primary data of Urban Health Survey in 2008 with use of questionnaire as a tool for collecting quantitative data from the 15 towns and cities of Jalgaon district. Corresponding practical statistical techniques have used with projected values for the total slum and non-slum poor population have been calculated and used for the arrangement of urban health in the Jalgaon district.

    Researcher kept in the mind utility of the work and estimates with the statistical technique. Time series has been helpful in numerical data of 1901 to 2001 time, the set of observations knows as ‘Time Series’. The analysis of Time Series is of great importance not only to the geographers and demographers but also to the scientist, policy makers, town planner, economist, housing industrial businessperson, sociologist, young researcher etc.
    It helps in understanding past behavioral trends of people towards the Urbanization. It helps in planning of future operations in terms of important aspects of urban health development i.e. socio-economic factors merging with management attitude of leaving environment of the urban population.
    It helps in evaluating current actions on urban health of urban sectors like slum, poor population.
    It makes possible assessment regarding social change in the district region like micro level in compare to State or country level as well as international.
    Table:2.1 Base of Sampling status of Cities by name, class, administrative status, occupied area, households, population ,density and growth rate, Jalgaon District-2001

    2001 DENSITY
    Per sq.km. GROWTH RATE
    1 AMALNER II M Cl 15.62 17,154 91,490 5,857 19.69
    2 BHUSAWAL I M Cl 13.38 33,257 172,372 12,883 18.76
    3 KANDARI IV CT 11.42 3,102 15,192 1,330 3.66
    4 CHALISGAON II M Cl 18.59 16,788 91,110 4,901 17.68
    5 CHOPDA II M Cl 6.62 10,871 60,865 9,194 23.62
    6 DHARANGAON III M Cl 4.77 5,978 33,625 7,049 1.98
    7 ERANDOL III MC 3.30 5,762 30,120 9,127 8.62
    8 FAIZPUR III M Cl 4.25 4,406 23,694 5,575 11.12
    9 JALGAON I M Cl 68.24 73,983 368,618 5,402 52.20
    10 NIMBHORE BK V CT 3.77 1,846 8,448 2,241 -3.05
    11 PACHORA III M Cl 5.04 8,252 45,333 8,995 10.19
    12 PAROLA III M Cl 4.22 6,244 34,799 8,246 19.21
    13 RAVER III M Cl 2.20 4,240 25,993 11,815 8.67
    14 SAVDA IV M Cl 2.07 3,658 19,332 9,339 9.38
    15 YAWAL III M Cl 3.13 5,646 31,803 10,161 10.65
    Source: Town directory, Jalgaon District, Maharashtra, Census of India-2001
    There are 15 urban centers have been studied as per census 2001 (Table 1.2). The population of the urban centers have ranging between around 8,500 to 3, 68,618 and the population density is ranging between 1330 to 12,883 per square kilometer whereas 4.58 to 6.13 is the average family size.
    Sample selection has decided based on the percent proportion of households of the town to the district total households. One Thousand households fifty has targeted as Sample for the present study, which covers entire urban region of the district. Beginning of the work started with districts urban households segregated as per 2001 census report of the Jalgaon district.

    The list of town (Colum 2) and their total household (Colum 3) is arranged from the largest number of household to the lowest number of households. Percent Proportion of household to the district ( Colum 4) is calculated with using formula given below, then proportion of samples targeted with the 1000 sample for the district converted in the units of the selected household (Colum 5).

    (Number of total households of the town)/(Number of total househols of district)×100

  2. Health care disparities that arise in urban environments. Myself, working on the 15 cities of Jalgaon District of Maharashtra State in India.
    I would like to share my experiences of my work which is quite interesting.
    My topic is Trends of Urbanisation, An Analytical study of Urban Health.

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