Thursday, February 4, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)
Light lunch served at 11:45
Drawing on 15 years of research by APHRC and on ongoing work on a Lancet Series on Slum Health, this paper/presentation by Dr. Alex Ezeh will highlight key trends in slum health and offer opportunities for innovations in addressing poor health outcomes among slum dwellers.
Despite global commitment to improve the lives of slum dwellers under the MDG, close to 15 percent of the world population and nearly a third of all urban residents globally still live in slums or slum-like conditions. In sub-Saharan Africa, this proportion exceeds 60 percent of all urban dwellers in the region. While the implications of slum residence on health may be evident across space and time, the nature and magnitude of this effect differs across slums even within the same urban context. These differences within and across urban contexts and countries, especially in the sub-Saharan African context, are often rooted in the history of urban growth and development. Where evidence exists, slum dwellers have been shown to experience much poorer health outcomes than non-slum residents, and in some contexts, than rural residents. The drivers of poor health outcomes among slum residents are complex.
This event is part of the series "The Future of the African City", co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Duke Africa Initiative and organized by Professors John Bartlett, Charlie Piot, and Karin Shapiro. The African City Working Group is supported by the FHI Mellon Humanities Futures initiative.
Alex Ezeh is the Executive Director of The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and honorary professor of public health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Dr. Ezeh joined APHRC in November 1998 from Macro International Inc. (USA). In 2000, he was appointed Director of APHRC and charged with the responsibility of leading the then fellowship program of the Population Council to become an independent entity. Dr. Ezeh has since guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost regional research centers addressing population, health and education issues. Dr. Ezeh also directs the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), a multi-country multi-university initiative to strengthen the training and retention of academics at African universities, with special focus on public and population health. Dr. Ezeh has published extensively on population and health issues in sub-Saharan Africa and serves on a number of institutional boards and international panels where he continues to contribute to global discourse on population and health issues. He received his PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.