Title and Announcement

posterfinalThe International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) is one of the largest urban health conferences for exchanging ideas and opinions among urban health professionals. This initiative gathers different academics, policy makers, implementers, and communities to discuss effective and applicable results on the interactions of the urban development for attaining health equity in urban settings.

ICUH 2015 will be unique as this will be the first ICUH in South Asia. Bangladesh Urban Health Network, Eminence, International Society of Urban Health and New York Academy of Medicine are very delighted to taking on this national and global leadership role to advance the generation, exchange and application of high quality urban health knowledge.

Why Dhaka is the venue? Being the seventh largest megacities of the world, Dhaka also houses all the urban challenges in the book. The hosting of the conference in Bangladesh is meaningful at a time in the country’s development with the realization of importance of urban health for sustainable development. The conference will also have significant relevance globally. ICUH 2015 will promote the idea that we need to think of urbanization with its impact on environment, economy and social factors which will benefit all segments of the population. It will aim to address to sustain urbanization in such a way that promotes equity, development and health.

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The Proposed Thematic Areas

Addressing socioeconomic and environmental determinants of urban health and health inequities

Plenary Session 1:  Actions on the Social Determinants of Health

Plenary Session 2:  Built and Natural Environmental Determinants of Health

Breakout Topics:

  • Migration and population dynamics
  • School health and health literacy
  • Public safety (violence and conflict)
  • Urban economic development and poverty alleviation
  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Environmental pollution (air, noise etc)
  • Built environment, including urban transport, public spaces, and green construction
  • Housing solutions for the urban poor
  • Sustainable energy
  • Water, sanitation and waste management
  • Food safety and security

Urban health care and public health service provision across the life course

Plenary Session 3: Urban Health Care Service Provision

Plenary Session 4: Community based Prevention of NCDs, Injury and Communicable Diseases/ Approaches to Double Burden

Breakout Topics:

  • Women and Adolescent Reproductive Health
  • Neonatal and Child Health
  • Health of Older Persons
  • Nutrition
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Access to Drugs
  • Non communicable diseases (diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular)
  • Communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and others)
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Occupational health, injury and safety
  • Accidents and Injury
  • Demographic and epidemiologic transition and effects on planning and providing services

 Measuring, mapping and monitoring urban health

Plenary Session 5: Measuring and Mapping

Plenary Session 6: Accountability for Urban Health Progress in SDGs

Breakout Topics:

  • Disease surveillance systems
  • Population health registries
  • Mapping and GIS
  • Big data and metrics for accountability
  • Analyzing evidence for urban health management
  • Models for public engagement in measurement and monitoring

 Strengthening governance for urban health

Plenary Session 7: Governance for Urban Health

Plenary Session 8: Urban Health for a Sustainable Future post 2015

Breakout Topics:

  • Urban policies and planning across sectors
  • Decentralization and the role of local government and civil society
  • Public-private partnerships for urban health and health care
  • Resource mobilization and corporate social responsibility
  • Information technology solutions to urban health management
  • Legal frameworks: rights, land use, taxes, and accountability
  • Emergency preparedness