Lancet Paper on Urbanisation in China
This is a quick note. Great article in Lancet from March on the drivers, process and outcomes of rapid, recent urbanization in China. Apologies for not posting sooner.
Urbanisation and health in China. Prof Peng Gong PhD et al. The Lancet - 3 March 2012 ( Vol. 379, Issue 9818, Pages 843-852 )
Highly recommend taking the time to read over it. Very relevant for anyone working in NCDs or Global Health. Summary below.
Dr. Alessandro R Demaio MBBS MPH
PhD Fellow in Global Health (Non-Communicable Diseases)
Copenhagen School of Global Health
University of Copenhagen
China has seen the largest human migration in history, and the country's rapid urbanisation has important consequences for public health. A provincial analysis of its urbanisation trends shows shifting and accelerating rural-to-urban migration across the country and accompanying rapid increases in city size and population. The growing disease burden in urban areas attributable to nutrition and lifestyle choices is a major public health challenge, as are troubling disparities in health-care access, vaccination coverage, and accidents and injuries in China's rural-to-urban migrant population. Urban environmental quality, including air and water pollution, contributes to disease both in urban and in rural areas, and traffic-related accidents pose a major public health threat as the country becomes increasingly motorised. To address the health challenges and maximise the benefits that accompany this rapid urbanisation, innovative health policies focused on the needs of migrants and research that could close knowledge gaps on urban population exposures are needed.