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Healthy African Cities

Cities, health and well-being event series

Healthy African Cities

First public lecture of the ‘Cities, health and well-being’ event series co-hosted by LSE Cities, LSE Health and Africa Talks

Thursday 7 March 2013, 18:30-20:00

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE

With up to 70 per cent of the world’s population estimated to be living in urban areas by 2050, global health will be determined increasingly in cities. Improving urban health in Africa is a major challenge, given 70 per cent of urban dwellers presently live in informal settlements, facing a triple or quadruple disease burden: poverty-related diseases, emerging chronic disease, injuries and HIV/AIDS. This public lecture will explore the future of urban health in Africa, asking whether and how we might move towards healthy African cities, including by re-thinking planning and design.

Speakers: Gora Mboup is a senior demographic and health expert and the Chief of the Global Urban Observatory of UN-HABITAT. Vanessa Watson is Professor and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town. Ama de Graft Aikins is an African Initiative Fellow at LSE Health and Associate Professor at the University of Ghana.

Chair: Ernestina Coast, Senior Lecturer in Population Studies at LSE Health.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

Urban Laboratories: interdisciplinary perspectives for healthy cities

Second public lecture of the ‘Cities, health and well-being’ event series

Summer Term: Friday 26 April 2013, 18:30-20:00

Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Cities are critical sites for enquiry and action in relation to health and well-being. It is now widely accepted that urban health demands an interdisciplinary approach, in light of the complexity and multi-faceted nature of cities and the importance of factors outside medicine and public health in determining health outcomes. This public lecture will reflect upon interdisciplinary efforts so far, and identify the priorities for the future. The event will be of particular relevance to researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in the fields of public health, medicine, urban planning and design, architecture, as well as sociology, demography and development.

Speaker: Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health, The Australian National University.

Respondent: Julio Dávila is Director of the Development Planning Unit at UCL.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


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