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Urban Health Symposium 2013 takes place at Dhaka

Urban Health Symposium was held at PKSF, Agargaon, Dhaka on 22nd and 23rd November 2013. The symposium entirely focused on Taking Action for Healthy Cities in Bangladesh. The urban Health symposium is an initiative which has been jointly organized by the Centre for Urban Equity and Health, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Eminence Associates for Social Development, Bangladesh Urban Health Network and the Centre for Equity and Health Systems, icddr,b. It has been supported by GIZ and IDRC. This two day symposium was graced by the presence of many notable personalities like Godelieve Van Heteren, Director, Global Health Initiative, Anthony Kolb, Urban Health Advisor, USAID Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Former Advisor to the Caretaker Government – Economist & Sociologist, Prof. Nazrul Islam, Chairman, Centre for Urban Studies and many more.

 The two day symposium saw overwhelming participation of representatives from civil society organizations, donor representatives, University students, Academicians and government officials.  More than 500 participants attended the first day and little more than 300 on the second day. Each of the session was swamped with the participants with constructive interaction between the speakers and participants throughout every session. Their interactions brought significant recommendations on every particular issue.

 The initiative of the symposium has been taken with a view to achieve the post (MGD) 2015 Development Agenda. The specific objective of this event was to make visible the urgency of intersectoral action around governance, and issues of health, nutrition, food security, employment, and water and environmental sustainability, all of which powerfully intersect in urban areas to ensure better healthy urban life. It is being assumed that this effort will contribute in formulating healthy public policy and improving practices.

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