The barriers and enablers to collaboration between health and urban government sectors for healthy cities

PEAK Briefing

The COVID-19 pandemic has foregrounded the significance of collaboration between health and urban-focused government sectors for understanding and addressing health inequities in cities. Using the context of urban informal settlements in the Western Cape Province of South Africa as an example, this brief highlights the need to improve partnerships between health and urban local government sectors for the development of sustainable and healthy cities. Specifically, this brief seeks to inform cities in low- and middle-income countries of potential barriers and enablers for the integration of urban health considerations into urban and built environment-relevant policies.