Health Research Program
Related Project: Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development

The Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project will be presenting at the 17th International Conference on Urban Health.

Date: July 8, 2021 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. EDT

Title: Accelerating the use of evidence to address nutrition and WASH inequities among poor urban children and adolescents in East Africa

Description:  The ‘urban paradox,’ in which not all are benefiting from the advantages found in urban centers, is increasingly difficult to ignore especially among children and adolescents. Efforts to address the health and development needs of vulnerable groups and to reduce inequities in poor urban settings are often stymied by insufficient evidence, lack of political will, and limited funding. To advance action around nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene inequities among children and adolescents in slums and informal settlements in East Africa, an implementation science collaboration conducted a multi-country landscape analysis. Regional learning collaborations are a vehicle to leverage existing information, identify drivers of inequity, and to catalyze action to improve nutrition and WASH services for poor urban children and adolescents in East Africa.  Lessons learned and implications in the context of a global pandemic will be addressed.