Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Slum residence

Situation and trends

Living conditions of urban residents have improved between 1995 and 2007–2009. Nevertheless, the proportion of urban residents living in slum conditions remains high, especially in Africa where, in 2007–2009, over half the urban population still lived in slums, and also in the Americas and in Asia where 30-40% of urban residents lived in slums at that time. Despite the tremendous need, healthcare services are generally difficult to access in these areas.

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