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2010 in review: key health issues

Children sorting through garbage near train tracks, Manila, Philippines
WHO/Anna Kari

Urban planning essential for health

More than half of the world's population now live in urban areas. On World Health Day, 7 April, WHO launched a campaign to highlight urban planning as a crucial link to better health.

A new WHO/UNHABITAT report – Hidden cities – showed how ill health is linked to poverty in cities, and called for policy-makers to take action targeting health inequities.

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