UrbanThe world is experiencing the largest wave of urban growth in history, which is impacting the health of people who live, work, and age in large cities. Recognizing the needs of urban populations, JSI is working to identify, implement, and evaluate initiatives that promote policy, systems, and environmental changes, that help people living in towns and cities lead healthier lives.
Urbanization presents one of the most challenging global public health issues of the 21st century, with risks including food and nutrition insecurity, inadequate sanitation and waste disposal, infectious diseases such as HIV, and overall unhealthy lifestyles fueled by urban living including crowded living conditions, tobacco use, and alcohol abuse. While the challenges are immense, the future of human development requires that we find ways to ensure that the increasingly critical public health needs in urban areas are addressed.
For decades, JSI has worked with partners find solutions to the public health challenges associated with rapid urbanization. Those solutions include immunization, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for children and adults, safe motherhood initiatives, water, sanitation and hygiene efforts, and social and behavior change programs.
Our cross-discipline, market-based approaches are designed to quickly generate new evidence, adapt best practices to urban realities, build local capacity, and develop targeted interventions that prioritize urban poor populations in planning and resource allocation.
Building Healthy Cities works with Smart Cities and urban health structures to add value via improved health goals and metrics in infrastructure and ICT projects, enhanced data systems, and increased efficiency of multisector urban spending.
Through LIVESTRONG and JSI's Cancer Anti-Stigma project, a 22-year-old cancer survivor living in Soweto, South Africa shares the moving story of his fight to overcome leukemia and the stigma surrrounding his illness that tore his family apart.
The TB Health Action Learning Initiative (THALI) works with the India Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP), municipal governments, and private providers to identify, and scale up successful innovative approaches to addressing TB.
Local leaders in Debremarkos town, Ethiopia help pave the way in their communities for Health Extension Workers from the Urban Health Extension Program to conduct important data collection drives and link residents to public health facilities.
JSI is providing technical support to India's most populous state in the implementation of the national government's Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (RMNCH+A) strategy at scale and in priority districts.
The New Vaccine Introduction (NVI) for GAVI supports the introduction of the HPV vaccine, pentavalent vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and rotavirus vaccine in three countries.
JSI is supporting the implementation and monitoring of the Government’s Urban Health Extension Program (UHEP) as a means of improving access to and demand for health - including HIV - services in urban areas to improve overall health outcomes.