URBAN HEALTH: HOW TO MAKE THE MEGACITY HEALTHY AGAIN
The number of megacities with more than 10 million people over the past 70 years has grown from 2 to 38. People come to work, study, use the opportunities of the city and build a future. The flip side of the coin is the "affluence disease." Inactive life, increased stress, a 10- or 12-hour working day, poor ecology, and a lack of fresh food generate diseases that previous generations have not thought about.
How to solve this situation so that it does not become the scourge of the 21st century? Cities create sustainable development programs and involve all resources and departments in the work on the urban environment. Corporations build eco-offices and promote an active lifestyle for employees, and entrepreneurs launch new medical services.
Since 2014, Singapore has been implementing Smart Nation - a system to improve the quality of life. The first steps were a ban on selling chewing gum, monitoring the cleanness of public places, the priority of eco friendly transport, installing smart sensors and solar panels in homes to optimize resources. Medicine is the main topic for discussion. We now have system for monitoring elderly people, telemedicine assistance of professional doctors and home rehabilitation programs.
How can we pass on the experience to other cities? National mentality, level of business development, historical nuances — what aspects should be taken into account when creating a smart city? How can city leaders and technology companies work together to create a healthier city? The participants in the session “Urban Health. How to make the Megacity healthy again?" try to get answers to these questions.