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FHS at SLURC conference on Urban Transformations in Sierra Leone


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FHS at SLURC conference on Urban Transformations in Sierra Leone

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On 19 June 2019, FHS partner the Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC) convened a high-level conference on the theme 'Urban Transformations in Sierra Leone' (PDF) to facilitate dialogue on how research and development in Freetown can be applied to influence policy and planning practices towards the transformation of informal settlements in Sierra Leone. Bringing together researchers, policy makers, government officials, private sector actors and NGOs, the conference was structured around four key thematic areas - Urban Health, Urban Livelihoods and the City Economy, Urban Vulnerability and Resilience, and Land and Planning.

FHS researchers Annie Wilkinson (IDS) and Abu Conteh (SLURC) were presenters in a session titled ‘Urban Health in Transition: Integrating the Health Needs of Informal Settlements into Planning’ (PDF), where FHS research was shared and discussed.

Media coverage of the event was positive, highlighting comments from government officials and policy makers.

In his statement, the Deputy Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Dr. Turad Senessie, said ... that the research and evidence-based analysis of SLURC findings will enhance the understanding of government in the urban transformation to a prosperous one...
— Global News, 20 June 2019 - 'SLURC Impresses Government' by Lansana Fofana