Public Health Promotion in Urban Emergencies

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Considerations for Public Health Promotion in Urban Areas Nicholas Brooks, Oxfam GB Health and Hygiene Promotion Forum Oxford, UK, 30 March – 1 April 2011

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  • 1. Considerations for Public Health Promotion in Urban Areas Nicholas Brooks, Oxfam GB Health and Hygiene Promotion Forum Oxford, UK, 30 March 1 April 2011

2. Urban PHP 3. Urban humanitarism

  • Current hot topic for humanitarians
  • Oxfam GB interests
  • IFRC - World Disasters Report 2010; World Water Day 2011; IASC Meeting Humanitarian Challenges In Urban Areas
  • UN Habitat
  • ODI/HPG (Sudan), RSC (urban IDPs), WSUP

4. How can PHP further the debate?

  • Technical
  • Operational
  • Urban communities

5. Technical issues

  • Are key diseases / risks to public health different?
  • What do we understand / not know about urban hygiene practices
  • Information Communication Technologies (ICT) possibilities
  • NFI distributions
  • EFSL integration

6. Technical issues 7. Operational issues

  • Vulnerability targeting / beneficiary selection
  • Local partners / CBOs
  • Opportunities for working with local government
  • Opportunities for innovative partnerships
  • Security / political issues
  • Urban capacity building needs for PHP staff

8. Urban community mobilisation

  • Are urban communities different?
  • Displacement - intra-urban, rural-urban
  • How to best mobilise?
    • incentive issues
    • leadership (gangs?)

9. Next steps / questions

  • What options for taking this forward?
  • Compilation of urban PHP lessons learnt / best approaches.Currently very little documentation.
  • PHP tools do they need urbanisation?
  • What action research is needed?
    • Community dynamics
    • ICT / Somalia
    • others?

10. Summary

  • Urban humanitarism / why urban PHP important
  • Considerations for PHP
    • Technical
    • Operational
    • Community mobilisation
  • Next steps

11. Resources

  • IASC - Final Strategy For Meeting Humanitarian Challenges In Urban Areas
  • IFRC - World Disasters Report, 2010
  • ALNAP - Responding to urban disasters, 2009
  • WASH Cluster (urban) floods material
  • Oxfam Haiti - Waterlines poo bags article, water markets study, token scheme lessons learnt, WASH Lessons Learnt, Humanitarian Exchange article.
  • UN Habitat Challenge of Slums (2003), State of Africas Cities (2010), Hidden Cities (with WHO, 2010) etc. etc.
  • HPG / RSC / WSUP online resources