Multisectoral approaches to addressing global urban maternal and perinatal health inequities

Opeyemi Babajide*, Lenka Beňová, Ibukun-Oluwa Omolade Abejirinde, Eric Steegers, Peter Waiswa, Sandro Galea, Salma M Abdalla

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Emerging trends show declines in maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in urban populations might be slower than in rural areas in a variety of contexts. This is happening at a critical juncture in time when urban populations are rapidly increasing and might be partly driven by specifics of vulnerability of the urban poor in Low-income countries and High-income countries alike. Poor maternal and perinatal health outcomes are largely preventable but focusing solely on healthcare interventions misses critical opportunities to reduce ill-health. Social and environmental determinants such as poverty and the impact of climate change must be integrated into policy decisions, especially to benefit poor urban dwellers. Integrating data on the social determinants of health into policy decisions can help multisectoral stakeholders embrace a more Health-in-all-policy approach creating opportunities for better outcomes for these urban poor women and their offspring. We provide examples of two cities – Rotterdam and Kampala – to show that successful multi-sectoral approaches that can address urban maternal and perinatal inequalities should focus on interventions in which healthcare and non-healthcare determinants are integrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)940-944
Number of pages5
JournalCities and Health
Issue number6
Early online date3 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

The research was funded by the Rockefeller FoundationBoston University 3-D Commission (grant number 2019 HTH 024). The Rockefeller Foundation had no role in the
design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; or the decision to submit the
manuscript for publication.

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


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