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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. 

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Landscape photo of Rio de Janeiro Rocinha neighborhood.

The profile of urban violence in Brazil: It’s time for a proactive approach

Aug 01, 2018

The problem of urban violence in not unique to cities in Brazil. But, as this blog explains, an analysis of the country's trends and environment can provide insight into targeting determinants of violent that are relevant globally. 

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The health in all policies approach: An opportunity for Latin America and SALURBAL

Jul 12, 2018

SALURBAL team members had the opportunity to participate in the training course, “Health in All Policies: The case of air pollution, urban health and sustainability” last month in Washington, D.C. Read their reflections here. 

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Globally and locally, our cities need urban transport policies that impact health and equity

Jun 05, 2018

On World Environment Day, this post highlights the importance of urban policies that may at first glance seem unrelated to health, yet are likely to have an important impact on the health and wellness of residents. 

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On World Health Day: Recognizing a Right to Health Beyond Universal Health Coverage in Latin America 

Apr 07, 2018

Within the Latin American context of social, political, economic and geographic diversity, rapid urbanization, and extreme inequalities, this expanded understanding of health as a human right has begun to gain traction.

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Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean Event at World Urban Forum Emphasizes Global Collaboration

Mar 16, 2018

At the WUF9 conference in February, LAC-Urban Health members hosted a networking event which provided fertile ground for discussing how health-relevant public policies and programs can also help deliver SDG objectives in cities across the globe.

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Research Reflections for International Women's Day: Women's Political Empowerment and Health in Latin America

Mar 08, 2018

Women’s involvement in politics can have sizeable and positive effects on health, stressing the need for women's leadership in policymaking and the design of health strategies.

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When it comes to urban health, the world should look towards Latin America as a start

Feb 28, 2018

This inaugural post takes us through the complexities of urbanization and health in Latin America, explaining how the region's response offers lessons and strategies to other parts of the world. 

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