Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street

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Jason Corburn, Lee Riley
Univ of California Press, Jun 7, 2016 - Medical - 315 pages
Urban slum dwellers—especially in emerging-economy countries—are often poor, live in squalor, and suffer unnecessarily from disease, disability, premature death, and reduced life expectancy. Yet living in a city can and should be healthy.áSlum Healtháexposes how and why slums can be unhealthy; reveals that not all slums are equal in terms of the hazards and health issues faced by residents; and suggests how slum dwellers, scientists, and social movements can come together to make slum life safer, more just, and healthier. Editors Jason Corburn and Lee Riley argue that valuing both new biologic and “street” science—professional and lay knowledge—is crucial for improving the well-being of the millions of urban poor living in slums.
 

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Contents

figures
1
framing
9
Research to Action
38
Frameworks for Slum Health Equity
51
An Urgent Public Health Issue
70
Urban Informal Settlement Upgrading and Health Equity
80
Improved Health Outcomes in Urban Slums
90
photographs
107
Factors Associated with Group A Streptococcus
134
and slum populations
142
part three urban upgrading
149
Sanitation and Womens Health in Nairobis Slums
189
Microsavings and WellBeing in a Nairobi
208
part four understanding slum health
229
part five knowledge gaps and future
273
List of Contributors
297

Impact of Environment and Social Gradient
118

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About the author (2016)

Jason Corburn is Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, jointly appointed in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Global Healthy Cities.

Lee Riley is Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases and Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

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