Below are links, by category, to some of the key organizations conducting research and/or sponsoring environmental health projects around the world. The categories are:
- Env. Health
- Urban Health
- Water Supply
Links to Urban Health Websites – Below are links, by type of organization, to urban health websites.
USAID Urban Health Links
- Urban Health Resource Centre-India – UHRC is a non-profit organization which aims to address health issues of the urban poor through in partnerships with government and civil society. programs in diverse cities.
- Concern Worldwide/Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Following CGI’s 2006 Annual Meeting, Concern Worldwide created the “Urban Health for the Poor in Bangladesh and Haiti” commitment. Concern: Bangladesh-A Model for Urban Health established priority interventions targeted at the major causes of urban maternal and child mortality — maternal and newborn care, pneumonia case management, nutrition, and diarrheal disease — using an integrated approach. Concern Haiti strengthens maternal & child Health in five disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince.
- Making Cities Work – USAID’s Urban Programs Team is dedicated to increasing economic prosperity, democracy and security in the world’s rapidly growing cities. The Team works across sectors to advance the Agency’s Making Cities Work Strategy in (1) City Management and Services, (2) Local Economic Development, and (3) Municipal Finance.
- IDRC Urban Poverty and Environment (UPE) Program – UPE funds research and activities in developing countries that apply integrated and participatory approaches to reducing environmental burdens on the urban poor and enhancing the use of natural resources for food, water and income security.
- IDRC EcoHealth – Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health Program Initiative – EcoHealth’s urban focus is currently under development and a more substantial link should be available on their site in the coming months.
- International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) – ISUH is an association of researchers, scholars, and professionals from various disciplines and areas of the world who study the health effects of urban environments and urbanization.
- Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) – Urban Health – In response to the necessity for health improvements for urban citizens as well as to the absence of adequate basic health services, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) was in the early 1990s one of the first agencies to invest in the widely neglected area of urban health.
- WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health – The Knowledge Network on Urban Settings (KNUS) is focused on synthesizing global knowledge on social determinants of health and urbanization.
- WHO Healthy Cities Initiative – Launched in 1986, Healthy Cities is now in its fourth phase (2003–2008). Cities currently involved are working on three core themes: healthy ageing, healthy urban planning and health impact assessment. Links to associated regional WHO efforts include: PAHO Healthy Municipalities/Cities, PAHO Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, WHO Collaborating Centre for Urban Health and Alliance for Healthy Cities.
- World Bank/Urban Health – The goal of this site is to provide multi-sectoral programs and teams links to resources to design, implement and improve urban interventions that will improve health outcomes.
- HABITAT Water and Sanitation Program -The highest priority for UN-HABITAT’s Water and Sanitation program is improving access to safe water and helping provide adequate sanitation to millions of low-income urban dwellers and measuring that impact.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS)
- African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) – The Center’s mission is to promote the well-being of Africans through policy-relevant research on population and health.
- International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) – IIED’s Human Settlements Programme has been working on urban environmental issues since the mid-1970s.
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