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Why urban health matters

Just behind a group of wooden shacks rises a huge modern yellow-painted apartment block.
WHO/Anna Kari

Differences in peoples' health exist in all cities, but the urban poor suffer disproportionately from a wide range of diseases and health problems. An increasing number of the urban poor lack access to basic public services, such as access to safe water, sanitation, and health services. Population growth and urbanization in many cities has outpaced the development of infrastructure and responsible environmental management.

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