The EURO-URHIS 2 consortium welcome you to our website where you will find information about our project, urban health matters and related projects. The EURO-URHIS 2 project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement number 223711. The EURO-URHIS 1 project received funding from DG SANCO under grant agreement number 2005119, 2006-2008.
Dr Arpana Verma, principal investigator and coordinator of EURO-URHIS 2 says "2008 was a momentous year, it was when, globally, more people lived in cities than in rural areas. The health needs of urban dwellers will now deal with the majority of the World’s population. Cities are where inequalities are most apparent, pollution is rising, sustainability is a priority, access to healthy lifestyles is difficult, movement in and out is rapid and ever changing, infectious diseases spread fast and health policy involves many actors. We are very grateful to DG SANCO and DG Research of the EU Commission for funding our two projects. Our immense thanks and gratitude also go to all those individuals who have helped us in both projects.”
The EU Public Health Programme work plan 2005 identified the development of an urban health indicator system as an essential part of a comprehensive and integrated EU health information and knowledge system. Based on this, EURO-URHIS 2 is developing, testing and validating a set of comparable urban health indicators (building upon the work already completed by EURO-URHIS 1 and other related projects) in over 40 cities across the European Union and beyond.
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Arpana Verma is head of the Manchester Urban Collaboration oh Health (MUCH) which is part of the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences (FMHS) in the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).
As more and more people live in cities, population health within urban areas has become an important (and underdeveloped) area for research. Stephanie Steels (MUCH) has written a piece for our blog.