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20 Apr, 2015

Dhaka to host Int’l Conference on Urban Health, May 24-27

The International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) 2015 will be held from 24–27 May in Dhaka, Bangladesh under the theme of Urban Health for a Sustainable Future: The Post-2015 Agenda. ICUH is organized on a biannual basis by the International Society for Urban Health as an international forum for information exchange among urban health professionals and other urban stakeholders. The 2015 conference will be the first ICUH held in Asia.

The UNU International Institute for Global Health is a co-organizer of ICUH 2015 and on 23 May 2015 will conduct a pre-conference training workshop in system thinking for urban health and well-being, in line with its research programme on Planetary Change and Health and in line with UNU’s co-sponsorship of the global International Council for Science – Interacademy Medical Panel – United Nations University Urban Health Programme.

The main objective of ICUH is to gather scientists, practitioners, policymakers and community organizations from across disciplines and geographic boundaries (including both high- and low-income settings) to exchange ideas and advance research and practices that promote urban health at the individual and population levels, including among disadvantaged groups. ICUH will foster international discussion of urban health issues, build networks among stakeholders in urban health, and promote enhanced understanding of the impacts of urban environments and human behaviour on health and well-being.

Conference themes include:

  • Addressing socioeconomic and environmental determinants of urban health and health inequities
  • Urban health care and public health service provision across the life course
  • Measuring, mapping and monitoring urban health
  • Strengthening governance for urban health

    ICUH 2015 will include eight plenary sessions:

  • Actions on the Social Determinants of Health
  • Built and Natural Environmental Determinants of Health
  • Urban Health Care Service Provision
  • Community-based Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases, Injury and Communicable Diseases / Approaches to Double Burden
  • Measuring and Mapping
  • Accountability for Urban Health Progress in Sustainable Development Goals
  • Governance for Urban Health
  • Urban Health for a Sustainable Future Post-2015

For more information on ICUH 2015 and participation, visit the conference website.