Urban Health and Well-being



While aggregate global health status has improved substantially in recent decades, these gains have not been distributed evenly and there is rising international concern about global epidemics of non-communicable diseases, mental health problems and emerging infectious diseases. Urban environments are important determinants of human health.

Cities are now the dominant human habitat and for the foreseeable future most population growth will be in urban areas. During the next 20-30 years, the UN estimates 2-3 billion more people will need to be housed in cities – an additional 1 million every week. In future, protecting and promoting health will increasingly depend on decisions made within and about urban systems. While urbanization has contributed to overall declines in poverty, emerging challenges put the health and well-being of people in cities at risk. Therefore, a better understanding of the linkages, dynamics and complexities of urban environments is needed.

IAP has joined the International Science Council and the International Society for Urban Health in an Urban Health & Wellbeing programme that proposes a new conceptual framework for considering the multi-factorial nature of both the determinants and the manifestations of health and well-being in urban populations.





Managing Urbanisation in Asia
Urban Health opportunities
Urban Health in Africa Dialogue
Thinking Urban Health

People and Institutions

Contact Person
Working group
President, International Society for Urban Health
Rector, POLIS University - International University of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, Tirana, Albania
Member, National Academy of Medicine, Buenos Aires
Vice-President, Benin National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
President, IAP & Co-Chair, IAP Health
Representative, Union of the German Academies for IAP Health, Germany
Representative, National Academy of Sciences of Honduras
Clinical Research Director, the African NCD Open Lab, Kenya
Secretary-General, Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Officer in-charge of affiliated academies, Mongolian Academy of Medical Sciences
Professor, Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Morocco
Public Health Physician, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Professor, The Nigerian Academy of Science / University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Senior lecturer Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, the University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Director of Medical Division, KAST, Republic of Korea
Fellow,National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka
President, Uganda National Academy of Sciences / Makerere University, Kampala
Chair in Economics and Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology / US National Academy of Engineering
Member, Academia de Ciencias Físicas, Matemáticas y Naturales, Venezuela / Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela
Executive Director and senior medical researcher, Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC)‎, Zambia
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities, University of Colombo


Other Urban Health and Wellbeing in the Anthropocene
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Urban Health and Wellbeing in the Anthropocene LEADING AUTHORING INSTITUTION:
Sustainable Development Goals
Publication 2020 Agenda in African Cities
Environment & Climate, Health, Sustainable Development Goals
Report UKAMS Urban Health Research cover
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Urban Health research in Latin America LEADING AUTHORING INSTITUTION:
Energy, Environment & Climate, Health
Publication air pollution and health
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Publication Advancing Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment - cover

Other resources

The G20 Health Ministers met in Mar del Plata, Argentina on October 4th, 2018 to reaffirm their commitment to building consensus for sustainable development considering health as one of the keys to achieving these goals worldwide.

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