15th International Conference on Urban Health

10 December 2018, 11:23

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ASSAf, represented by Ms Nadia Algera, Programme Officer, Science Advisory Programme attended a workshop titled ‘Healthy-Policy: A Global Initiative to Instigate a Clean Air, Low Carbon Transition towards Healthier and More Sustainable Cities’ which was held on 27 November 2018 in Kampala, Uganda.

The workshop discussed interventions assisting the clean air, low carbon transition in rapidly growing Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) cities (particularly Kampala) which could deliver substantial public health, environmental, and socioeconomic benefits, by lowering emissions from the most polluting sectors, and reducing personal exposure to air pollution. The workshop was co-organised by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM, UK), Makerere University (Uganda), North-West University (South Africa), and the International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability (Healthy-Polis).

The workshop preceded the International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH 2018) which was held from 27 to 30 November in Kampala under the theme ‘Managing Urbanisation for Health: A priority for all Nations’, in which Prof Roseanne Diab, Executive Officer, ASSAf was a member of the scientific committee of the conference. Participation in these events was beneficial to South Africa since it experiences rapid urbanisation, unsustainable land use, resident health and environmental impacts in light of the looming threat of climate change. Some useful ideas for further engagement with African academics were gained, and the kinds of interventions being implemented on the continent should be shared with South African academics researching similar topics, i.e. potential themes for future public engagements.