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Join JSI at the 15th International Conference on Urban Health
November 15, 2018
Rapid urbanization, with its attendant food and nutrition insecurity, inadequate sanitation and waste disposal, spread of infectious diseases, and overall unhealthy lifestyles, is one of the most challenging global public health issues of the 21st century.
Join JSI at the International Conference on Urban Health in Kampala, Uganda from November 26–30, 2018 to learn how we are identifying, implementing, and evaluating initiatives that promote policy, systems, and environmental changes to help people in towns and cities lead healthier lives.
Stop by our exhibitor booth to meet JSI staff, ask questions, and learn more about our high-impact public health initiatives.
Meeting the Immunization Needs of the Urban Poor
Rapid urbanization presents an urgent challenge for the world’s low- and middle-income countries. More than half of world’s population (3.9 billion) now lives in a city; by 2050, this number will skyrocket to 6.3 billion, with 90 percent of growth occurring in low- and middle-income countries. JSI technical advisor Iqbal Hussein explains that the first step to meeting the immunization needs of the urban poor is revealing the obstacles to vaccine access. Read our blog
Building Healthy Cities
Decisions about transport, environment, sanitation, education, recreation, information, and communication technology infrastructure and the built environment can have a major effect on health, despite being outside the health sector. When these decisions are harmonized, they can improve access to health services; decrease lifestyle and environmental risk factors for poor nutrition and non-communicable diseases; reduce rates of transmission during infectious disease outbreaks, and increase availability of usable data for urban health decision-making. The USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities project aims to embed a health equity lens into city policies, planning, and services while improving data flow for existing Smart Cities in India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Learn more about our work
Strengthening Programs in Haiti’s Urban Communities to End Vaccine-Preventable Deaths
JSI’s efforts to strengthen urban immunization programs in Haiti focused on the Cité Soleil—a very poor urban commune in the Port au Prince metropolitan area with a history of violence. JSI collaborated with the Directorate of the Expanded Program on Immunization, key stakeholders, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to investigate reasons for low immunization coverage in Cité Soleil and to develop practical, low-cost strategies to strengthen immunization services and improve coverage in urban areas. This brief contains information on the initial results of the situational analysis. Read our publication
Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program
The United States, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, marked the successful end of the five-year JSI-led Strengthening Ethiopia’s Urban Health Program, which helped improve the quality of health services for 2.5 million households in Addis Ababa and nearly 50 other cities and towns around the country. Read our final report to learn how JSI successfully trained 2,500 urban health extension professionals in Ethiopia, improving access to health care for urban citizens. Read our report