3 January 2011

Hidden Cities: unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings


The rapid increase of people living in cities is one of the most important global health issues of the 21st century. In this joint WHO/UN-HABITAT report, the latest information on urbanization trends and the pressing need to address health inequities in cities is presented. The report is aimed at unmasking and overcoming these health inequities in urban settings and includes practical examples and recommendations on specific evidence-based interventions.

Photo stories from around the world reflect the hidden realities urban dwellers are facing, further highlighting the need for concerted action.

Through a novel analytical approach, the report outlines the crucial finding that urban averages often mask hidden pockets of ill-health and overlooked populations. Hidden Cities: unmasking and overcoming health inequities in urban settings enables city leaders and urban planners to identify the most deprived populations and target measures to improve their health.

DON'T FORGET to take the urban quiz (Gifty and I didn't do too badly, 70 and 80%, let us know you're scores).

Quote we like:
“Prevention is the heart of public health and equity its soul”M. R. Sukumbhand Paribatra, Governor of Bangkok

Download the report at http://www.hiddencities.org