Issues of health in relation to world cities.
Health and care systems and organisations throughout the world are facing increasingly complex challenges and are under extreme pressure to reorganize and improve outcomes for their populations with increased demand through the development of new technologies and the ageing population. As the population ages the number of people with at least one long-term condition is predicted to rise dramatically as the lifetime prevalence of a number of conditions are age related. Diseases from noncommunicable causes such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF) have been identified as key conditions leading to the increased costs of managing long term conditions. At the same time, the number of deaths from infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and vaccine-preventable diseases, is decreasing. Continuous change resulting from new developments, new leaders and new threats bring great uncertainty and provide further challenges to global health organisations. An increase in global migration, the refugee crisis and climate change will have a significant impact on global health for decades or even centuries to come.
The global health club of WC2 is committed to focusing on some of these major current areas in healthcare, bringing together academics and practitioners from the major world cities and universities, working in key areas of health and health care and at the forefront of innovation and change. The club, with its mix of professions, disciplines, cultures, cities and experience will provide opportunities to compare and explore themes around health policy, health systems, health inequalities, global health, technological advances and health innovations from theoretical and clinical perspectives.
A major theme of focus for the health club is ageing in urban environments, and incorporated within this theme, the health club has and continues to explore the following main areas:
- Congestive heart failure as a major condition associated with ageing. CHF affects approximately 1% of people aged 50 years and older and about 5% of those aged 75 years and older. About 10% of patients diagnosed with heart failure die within 1 year, and about 40% die within 5 years of diagnosis.
- The Economics of Healthcare and comparative health economics. It is difficult to compare the relative performance of health systems. In making these comparisons it is important not only to account for cost but also to include an assessment of the quality of health care.
- Health Inequalities in relation to Healthcare Delivery
- Culturally responsive care
- Public Health Initiatives in World Cities
- The Role of Digital Technology and gamification in in supporting healthcare
- Quality of life and ageing in Urban Environments
- Innovations, leadership, service reformation in healthcare
The health club comprises of academics and students, both MSc and PhD levels, from the WC2 partners. It has both an education and research remit. We are interested in further collaboration with global partners, and invite you to contact us with any further enquiries.
Dr. Raheelah Ahmad
City, University of London