WEEK 3: 22 - 26 AUGUST
IT is said that health and poverty go hand-in-hand, as being healthy is dependent on factors such as where people live, their lifestyle choices and the quality of the air that they breathe and food that they eat. There is not one solution that will act as a quick fix to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.
Within the GDS, health and poverty are approached as inter-related dynamic forces, with the term "quadruple burden of disease" used to describe the state of residents' health. This burden covers chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardiac arrest arising from an unhealthy lifestyle, diseases of poverty and underdevelopment, high levels of injuries, and HIV/Aids.
By identifying these challenges, the City aims to address them through the GDS. Of course, issues such as food security also need to be dealt with, and the objective of the GDS's outreach programme is to attempt to find solutions to these challenges.
As part of the Health and Poverty focus week, running from 22 to 26 August, there will be health screenings and tests, a fun walk and numerous discussions on improving the living conditions of people in informal settlements, the state of access to health and social services for migrants, and the relationship between poverty, health and the school system.