Public Health Challenges with Sub-Saharan African Informal Settlements

A Case Study of Malaria in Yaoundé

Authored by: Roland Ngom

Handbook of Global Urban Health

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138206250
eBook ISBN: 9781315465456
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This chapter explores and discusses the geo-demographic and socio-environmental insertion of slums in the city of Yaoundé in Cameroon, taken as an example of what could be happening in many other Sub-Saharan African (SSA) cities. Various urban profiles/cluster of the city, including slum-like, rural-like and planned urban-like patterns, were identified. Poor housing quality and prevention factors were the most contributive factors to a higher malaria prevalence in slum-like areas. This underlines the need to implement social housing projects in slums and to maintain or achieve prevention programs in those areas. Unfortunately, this could not be easily attainable, given the large size of some of the slums in SSA cities and given the generalized corruption. Insecticide resistance and vectors’ adaptation to perturbed environments, combined with the ongoing gentrification process, might confine malaria presence to slums. This example underlines the need to enforce advocacy for a better consideration of SSA slums.

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