Today’s growing cities are proving to be efficient incubators for infectious disease. How should cities, humanitarian organizations and local communities avoid the next urban pandemic?
Built on marshlands between a prison and one of the thousands of creeks that make up the Niger delta, the Prison Waterfront neighbourhood is one of many shanty towns to grow up on the outskirts of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
With 18 different religious denominations all held together in fragile harmony, many argue that Lebanon is the most religiously diverse society in the Middle East. Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, is also incredibly diverse. And it has long been the scene of recurrent outbursts of armed violence between the marginalized neighbourhoods of Bab el-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.
Fouad Bendimerad is executive director of the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative, a private scientific consulting group that focuses on urban disaster risk reduction in megacities and fast-growing urban areas.
How a digital mapping project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania helps local communities take on urban risk, street by street.