Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Urban health

Global situation: Fifty-four percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas in 2015. The percentage of the world’s population living in urban areas is projected to increase from 54% in 2015 to 60% in 2030 and to 66% by 2050. This is particularly significant when considering that until the start of the 20th century only one in 10 people lived in urban areas. In absolute terms, more than 1 billion people were added to urban areas between 2000 and 2014. The United Nations estimates that more than 90% of future urban population growth will be in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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Universal Health Coverage

For 7/10universal health coverage indicators, African countries have the lowest median coverage

Global report on urban health, 2016


51%of urban women of low socioeconomic status in middle-income countries included in the study were either overweight or obese

Obesity among women

Access to safe water

51%of urban households have low access to safe water

Access to piped water