Special Issue "Interplay Between The Environment And Health Issues In Cities Of Developing Countries"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gauthier Dobigny
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Guest Editor
Institute of Research for sustainable Development (IRD), France
Interests: socio-ecology of rodent-borne zoonoses in African urban habitats; relationships between international trade, biological invasions and health issues
Dr. Stéphanie Dos Santos
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Guest Editor
Institute of Research for sustainable Development (IRD), France
Interests: social and health issues of water; sanitation access and environmental living conditions in urban Africa; interdisciplinary and multi-methods approaches

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With 2.3 billion extra people living in the world’s cities by 2050, urban growth represents a significant challenge for management authorities, especially in less-developed countries, where the urban population will be multiplied by 1.7 within the next 30 years. It is expected that this growth will be mostly absorbed by the development of unzoned neighbourhoods in metropolitan areas, as well as secondary cities. One third of the world’s urban citizens are currently living in informal settlements, and this value reaches two thirds in Africa. These unprecedented trends of urbanization are greatly contributing to an accelerated modification of the socio-environment of the cities’ inhabitants and has a wide range of consequences: high human population densities; poorly-developed basic services; increased exchange of goods and population mobility; increases in air, soil and water pollution; shifts in cultural food resources and habits; etc. The culmination of these factors results in a double sanitary burden for urban dwellers who suffer from both infectious and chronic diseases. This Special Issue of IJERPH will focus on the environment–health interplay in the cities of less-developed countries. This critical topic must call on a wide range of different but complementary disciplines; for this reason, we expect contributions from various fields of expertise in order to fuel the debate in an integrative and instructive manner.

Dr. Gauthier Dobigny
Dr. Stéphanie Dos Santos
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • urbanization
  • environmental health
  • One Health approach
  • basic urban services
  • environmental living conditions
  • less developed countries

Published Papers

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