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Ethiopia's First National Urban Health Conference

April 4, 2017

JSI, in collaboration with Ethiopia's Federal Ministry of Health, organized the country's first National Urban Health Conference from April 3–4 in Addis Ababa. The conference theme is Ethiopia’s Urbanization and Implications for Health: Acting Now to Save the FutureMore than 300 senior officials, health professionals, donors, civil society organizations, professional associations, private service providers, and partner organization representatives are at the event.

Topics to be discussed include urban health governance, the urban health extension program and primary care in urban areas, environment and urban health, evidence-based policy, burden of disease in urban areas, and urban water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

The purpose of the conference is for people from different scientific and professional backgrounds to share lessons and experiences in urban health and apply them to the current case of Ethiopia’s growing cities. The conference will provide a much-needed forum for discussing urban health problems in Ethiopia, recognizing the complexity of urban demographics, advocating for healthy cities and towns, and identifying action points to improve urban health in the country.

“This conference is organized at a time when the government is gearing up efforts to ensure the fruits of rapid economic growth and rapid urbanization will benefit citizens," said State Minister of Health Dr. Kebede Worku.

“The event will serve as a foundation to current and future efforts to improve the lives of the country’s urban population,” said Dr. Hibret Alemu, JSI’s chief of party for the Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program.