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.

Leading Organization



People and Institutions

Contact Person
Working group
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President, International Society for Urban Health

Jo Ivey Boufford

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Rector, POLIS University - International University of Architecture and Urban Development Policies, Tirana, Albania

Besnik Aliaj

Vice-President, Benin National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

Hippolyte Agboton

Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Paulo Saldiva

Jean Claude Mbanya
Professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

Jean Claude Mbanya

Representative, Union of the German Academies for IAP Health, Germany

Otmar Schober

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Representative, National Academy of Sciences of Honduras

Mario Matamoros Rosales

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Clinical Research Director, the African NCD Open Lab, Kenya

Dr. Moses Alobo

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Officer in-charge of affiliated academies, Mongolian Academy of Medical Sciences

Burmaajav Badrakh

Professor, Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology, Morocco

Rajae El Aouad

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Public Health Physician, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Suraj Bhattarai

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Senior lecturer Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, the University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Kristy Langerman

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Director of Medical Division, KAST, Republic of Korea

Jin-Ho Chung

Fellow,National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka

Locana Gunaratne

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President, Uganda National Academy of Sciences / Makerere University, Kampala

Nelson Sewankambo

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Chair in Economics and Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology / US National Academy of Engineering

William Rouse

Member, Academia de Ciencias Físicas, Matemáticas y Naturales, Venezuela / Central University of Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela

María Eugenia Grillet

Executive Director and senior medical researcher, Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC)‎, Zambia

Modest Mulenga


Sustainable Development Goals
Publication 2020 Agenda in African Cities
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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