Health impacts
14 November 2019

GUAPO led a discussion panel during the 16th International Conference on Urban Health in Xiamen

At the International Conference on Urban Health organized by the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) in Xiamen (5-8 November 2019), GUAPO facilitated a panel discussion on the health impact assessment of ambient air pollution in urban areas.

This panel was moderated by Elsa Martayan, Director of GUAPO, and brought together Carlos Dora, former Coordinator of the WHO Department of Public Health and Environment and President of the GUAPO Scientific Committee; Nathalie Roebbel, Technical Officer on the Social Determinants of Health at the WHO; and Sotiris Vardoulakis, Professor of Environmental Health at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University.


The discussion focused on assessing the health impacts of ambient air pollution in urban areas. Speakers presented the different methodologies available, and stressed the importance of reliable, harmonized and updated data for conducting this type of assessment.

GUAPO pre-formed panel
GUAPO pre-formed panel

Elsa Martayan, Director, introduced the features of the data repository developed by GUAPO and made available to its Member Cities. She stressed the holistic approach that this repository should allow by gathering data on air quality, epidemiological studies and other health impact assessments, and information on solutions implemented or envisaged locally to improve urban air quality.


Click here for more information on the 16th International Conference on Urban Health.