Speaking of Haiti’s burden of disease, as the medical jargon goes, the Journal of Urban Health offers an interesting take on the health implications of being poor and living in a city in the developing world. (Click here to read an abstract).
Going by that reasoning the life and ill-health of Port au Prince is practically a pre-existing condition because:
– it too is a victim of the urban sprawl, which makes access to care more difficult
– it has more motor vehicles than it can handle and inadequate infrastructure, which makes air pollution and traffic accidents more common
– impoverished urban populations routinely show a propensity toward undernourishment, and its obverse, obesity, is emerging as a major risk
– the increase in slums makes violence and homicide a more important burden of health
– large hazards are created by fire-prone, insubstantial dwellings.