The IFRTD, in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Swiss Resource Centre and Consultancies for Development (Skat), Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) as part of the Swiss Tropical Institute, is carrying out a two-year networked research programme on the links between Mobility and Health. The programme website is now live at www.mobilityandhealth.org
The programme has three objectives:
- To increase the understanding of the impacts of mobility constraints on the health, well-being and issues of poor people in different developing country contexts;
- To develop tools that will enable transport professionals to include holistic health impact assessments and mitigation measures in the planning, design and implementation of transport interventions; and
- To develop an advocacy programme to sensitise the health sector to mobility and health issues.
The Research Programme and Outputs:
Using a networked research methodology, the programme on Mobility and Health aims to carry out 25 case-studies across Asia, Latin America and Africa.
These case-studies will demonstrate the existing and potential links between mobility and health, especially in rural areas. As a first step in the process, the researchers have come together in regional workshops to finalise their methodology and framework. Once the case-studies are finished (after 6-12 months), an international symposium will be organised to present the issues flowing out of the case-studies and to develop outlines for a ‘toolkit’, a book and an advocacy programme.
The researchers have been selected and their profile and case studies are available on www.mobilityandhealth.org.
Workshop on Mobility and Health, Bern, Switzerland. November 2004. Click here for more information and the full workshop report.
Mobility and Health: The Impact of Transport Provision on direct and Proximate Determinants of Access to Health Services. An article by Dr Kate Molesworth, Swiss Tropical Institute. January 2006. Click here to download (Word Doc 2.98MB - PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A LARGE DOWNLOAD) A web site www.mobilityandhealth.org has been developed to provide a focal point for knowledge and experience, and a portal through which to access people, organisations and further relevant information resources.
Please direct enquiries about the programme as follows -
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Enquiries by post & fax to:
Mobility and Health Programme
IFRTD Secretariat, 113 Spitfire Studios, 63-71 Collier Street
London, N1 9BE, United Kingdom
Fax: +44 (0) 207 713 8290