Global Explosion of Slums: The Next Biggest Planetary Health Challenge

Sarju Sing Rai
Apr 22, 2017 · 4 min read
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Caracas Slum in Venezuela (source: Taxi to Caracas)

By 2050, the slum population is expected to grow to more than three billion — that’s more than 30% of the projected population of 9.7 billion in 2050.

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Solid waste floating in the canal in Klong Toey Slum in Thailand (source: Chiangrai Times)

…one of the main causes for the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West African countries like Liberia was the conditions in urban slums.

The world today is already marred by vast economic, social, and gender inequalities — where will we be in three decades or so when over 30% of the global population will be living in urban slums?

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Kampung Cikini Slum in Indonesia

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Sarju Sing Rai

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Global Health Professional from Nepal — Social Justice and Health Equity Advocate — Spiritual Soul Seeker ♥

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New voices and ideas from Global Health Corps, a diverse community of over 1000 young leaders worldwide united by the belief that health is a human right. We tell our own stories, honestly and thoughtfully, because this is where our activism begins.

Sarju Sing Rai

Written by

Global Health Professional from Nepal — Social Justice and Health Equity Advocate — Spiritual Soul Seeker ♥

AMPLIFY

AMPLIFY

New voices and ideas from Global Health Corps, a diverse community of over 1000 young leaders worldwide united by the belief that health is a human right. We tell our own stories, honestly and thoughtfully, because this is where our activism begins.

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