Int'l confce in capital calls for hoilistic view of urban health

Int’l confce in capital calls for hoilistic view of urban health


Hundreds of social workers from around the world started a 4-day series of deliberations on different aspects of urban health with the start of the 12th International Conference on Urban Health in the capital on Sunday.
Speaker of Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury inaugurated the meet urging its participants to look at urban health comprehensively instead of focussing merely on health services.
Being held under the banner of the International Society for Urban Health, based in New York, a private organisation, the 12th conference is being organised by the eminence association for social devlopment in collaboration with the ministries of health and local government, Bangladesh Urban Health Network, the New York Academy of Medicine and Urban Primary Health Care.A total of six plenary sessions, 32 breakout sessions, over 20 special sessions are being held at the conference where 180 keynote papers on different issues are being presented.
Scientists, community organisations, practitioners and policy makers from more than 60 countries are participating in the conference to exchange ideas and advance research and practice that promote the health of individuals who are in the urban regions and breaking down socio-economic barriers to urban health access.
The Speaker said water, sanitation, health and hygiene aspects of rapid urban growth should be addressed to ensure more health living environments in the cities. She said as a fast growing city Dhaka has lost waterbodies and open space which are vital for fresh air and urban health. She said capital Dhaka is the centre of socio-economic and cultural development in Bangladesh and its growth should be more planned.
The conference is expected to come up with a declaration offering suggestions for the post 2015 development agenda that the UN system is now working on in association with its member nations.
At the inaugural function the presidentship of ISUH was handed over to Shamim Haider Talukder, CEO, Eminence, for organising the conference. Secretary of health and family welfare ministry Syed Manjurul Islam, Ambassador of Netherlands Gerben S De Jong and ambassador of Sweden Johan Fruell also spoke among others.
On day one two plenary sessions, six breakout sessions, and five special sessions took place. 37 poster presentations and more than 60 oral presentations were made by participants from around the world. Plenary topic included “Community based prevention of NCDs, Injury and Communicable Diseases”, “Built and Natural environmental Determinants of Health”. The breakout and special session topics included reproductive health and family planning, HIV and TB, Non
Communicable Diseases, Menstrual Regulation, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. The final report of the Bangladesh Urban Health Survey 2013 was shared with the participants through a special session named “Reducing intra–urban inequalities in health: findings from 2006 and 2013 Bangladesh Urban Health Surveys.
Annually, the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) selects a member institution to host ICUH to gather researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the world to share sustainable urbanisation strategies and practices that promote equality, development, and health. The 12th conference is the first one in Asia the theme is “Urban Health for a Sustainable Future: The Post 2015 Development Agenda”.
The conference is being supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA),and the Department for International Development (DFID) and Gates Foundation and a few other DPs and Associations, the organisers said. – Staff Reporter


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