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SALURBlog is an online platform for dialogue and discussion on urban health (Salud Urbana) in Latin America, produced and coordinated by the SALURBAL project. SALURBAL researchers and members of the Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean contribute through SALURBlog to a regional and global conversation about urban health issues in Latin America. Contributors to the blog are experts in urban health, urban planning, and urban policy from across the region. 

Want to write for the blog? Download our guidelines here and email Andrea Bolinaga at

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World health day 2022: Seven calls to action to protect "our planet, our health"

Apr 07, 2022

On World Health Day 2022, the SALURBAL project is shedding light on urban health inequities, and what we can do to make our cities healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable.

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World Water Day 2022 – A long way to go towards achieving equitable access to water and sanitation in Latin American cities

Mar 22, 2022

March 22 is World Water Day, and we take this opportunity to reflect on what SALURBAL’s research is revealing about critical inequities in access to water and sanitation across Latin American cities. These insights can support urban planning and policymaking and drive targeted infrastructure improvements in the areas where they are most needed.

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Greenspaces and urban socioeconomic health inequalities in Latin America

Jan 20, 2022

A new SALURBAL study explores the role of greenspaces in determining mortality inequalities in cities across Latin America, and sheds light on the complex connections that should guide urban planning and decision-making to promote health equity.

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The effects of urbanization on mortality: Latin America vs. United States

Dec 10, 2021

Dr. Bilal discusses his recent research on urbanization and mortality using a urban scaling network to explore how mortality scales with city population size using vital registration and population data from 742 cities in 10 Latin American countries and the United States.

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Transformaciones urbanas y salud: Reflexiones sobre un diálogo entre comunidad, tomadores de decisión e investigadoras

Nov 15, 2021

El artículo es una reflexión sobre los desafíos y aprendizajes del "Diálogos SALURBAL" realizado el pasado 2 de septiembre que resultó del esfuerzo conjunto entre equipos de investigación en Brasil, Chile y Colombia

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Si la planificación no está al servicio de la salud de las personas y del planeta, ¿para qué sirve entonces?

Oct 31, 2021

En este Día Mundial de las Ciudades 2021, reiteramos el llamado a mejorar la cooperación entre sectores para asegurar que la salud se coloque a la vanguardia de las negociaciones, evaluaciones, y la toma de decisiones en nuestras ciudades.

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How trees can help cities tackle depression – and climate change – in Latin America

Oct 10, 2021

With nearly 530 million people, more than 80% of the region’s population, living in “depressogenic” environments, mental health should be integrated into urban planning and policy discussions. In Latin America, governments and citizens have tackled this issue by planting more trees in their cities.

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Beat the Traffic: Increasing Public Support for Congestion Relief Policies in Latin American Cities

May 26, 2021

A new study led by SALURBAL researchers highlights factors associated with the level of public support towards road pricing and driving restrictions to alleviate traffic congestion in 11 Latin American cities.

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O Impacto dos sistemas alimentares e da alimentação nas mudanças climáticas: resultados de países da América Latina

May 06, 2021

Pesquisadores do SALURBAL discutem os efeitos das mudanças climáticas na agricultura e na alimentação da população latino-americana

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