Online discussion

From the 29 - 31 January, 2013 an online discussion on gender and health in urban areas was facilitated via the Eldis Communities platform (http://community.eldis.org/). The purpose of the discussion was to explore the following questions (these set the frame for each day’s interactions):

  1. What are the key issues and trends in terms of urbanisation and women’s and girls’ health?
  2. What interventions aim to address women’s and girls’ health in urban areas? What examples of promising practice do you see?
  3. What needs to be done differently to improve health outcomes for urban women and girls? What are the policy and programmatic priorities for the future?

The aim of the discussion was to inform the selection of literature for the thematic review and to help identify additional examples of interventions and policy and programmes that participants considered promising practice.

Thirty-nine participants took part in the discussion. Participants were from research/academic, nongovernmental organisations, UNDP, and donor bodies, with a particular focus on people working within, or with knowledge of, Kenya and South Africa, and covered a wide variety of thematic backgrounds and disciplines.

This vibrant and engaging debate elicited 75 responses in total: 31 responses on day one, 22 responses on day two, and 22 responses on day three. The unedited transcript of the discussion is over 28,500 words long.  An edited version of the discussion is available below.

Documents

  • Annotated Bibliography: Urbanisation and Health

    This annotated bibliography reflects a literature search undertaken to support the work of a collaborative research project looking at women’s and girls’ health in rapidly urbanising areas in developing countries. It looks at the literature which examines the global debates around urbanisation and health generally, and more specifically at the issues of urban living and its impact on the health of women and girls living in low-income urban settlements in Kenya and South Africa. 

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  • Urbanisation, gender and health online discussion report

    This report provides a summary of the online discussion on gender and health in urban areas, which took place from the 29 - 31 January, 2013. The online discussion examined the following questions: 

    1. What are the key issues and trends in terms of urbanisation and women’s and girls’ health?
    2. What interventions aim to address women’s and girls’ health in urban areas? What examples of promising practice do you see?
    3. What needs to be done differently to improve health outcomes for urban women and girls? What are the policy and programmatic priorities for the future?
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