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Urban Health Workshop

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ICSU-ROLAC, the Vice Ministry of Science and Technology of El Salvador and the National University of El Salvador organized the first Urban Health Workshop on October 11-12th, 2016.

First Workshop on Urban Health in El Salvador: “Current and Future Opportunities for Urban Health situation in El Salvador”

On October 11-12th The International Council for Science's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ICSU ROLAC) partnered with   the Ministry of Science and Technology organized the first Urban Health Workshop in El Salvador.  There were more than 340 participants amongst researchers, policy makers, science educators, government representatives, and university students who were lectured by PhD. Franz Gatzweiler, Director Executive Director of the International Programme Office (IPO) of ICSU’s Urban Health programme and Dr. José Siri, epidemiologist and researcher at the United Nations University.

 

PhD. Franz Gatzweiler, Executive Director of the International Programme Office (IPO) of ICSU’s Urban Health programme and PhD. José Siri, epidemiologist and researcher at the United Nations University were the experts invited to present in this two-day workshop. Both presenters addressed key issues to consider when dealing with urban health, such as recognizing global and regional objectives, challenges and opportunities for El Salvador, Latin America and the Caribbean, good practices in Urban Health and Models to understand the complex interaction of factors in the Urban Health topic.

 

In this two-day workshop more than 340 participants amongst researchers, policy makers, science educators, government representatives, and university students assisted to 4 presentations, 3 question and answer sessions and 2 break-out sessions. Each day of the workshop, all the participants were lectured by both experts as a whole and then the audience was divided into three working groups that were asked to brainstorm and discuss about problems, main actors, decision makers, possible solutions, and available tools to face the Urban Health problematic.

 

The first day of the workshop focused on identifying and diagnosing the main Urban Health problems of El Salvador through the active participation of the experts, moderators and all the audience. Once the diagnosis phase was completed, the second day focused on searching for possible solutions by using current available tools in the country and to set clear achievable objectives on Urban Health issues.

In brief, the workshop successfully accomplished the following objectives:

  • Assess the conditions of urban health and identify current challenges for El Salvador and the region.
  • Identify knowledge gaps and research needs for urban health in El Salvador and the region.
  • Consider the role of government actors and different organizations with the New Urban Health Agenda as frameworks for improving urban health.
  • Introduce thinking systems as a tool to solve complex health problems and urban sustainability.
  • Introduce ICSU-ROLAC and Urban Health as resources for improving urban health in El Salvador.
  • Create a follow-up team integrated by policymakers, experts, researchers, government representatives and others to continue the work on the subject and create a draft agenda for a Regional Workshop on October 2017.

 

There is no doubt that this workshop has set a starting point to the Urban Health agenda in El Salvador and in the Region since it gathered important insights and points of views from varied actors of society who demonstrated an eager interest to continue working in this important matter.

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