Professor Justin Remais Joins Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities

Professor Justin Remais has joined the Lancet Commission on Healthy Cities, which is focusing on lessons from China’s experience with urbanisation. The Commission meets in Beijing in September.

“In the 1980s, China was a mainly rural country. Subsequent economic success was driven by the migration of young, healthy workers to urban centres. In 2011, more than half of the 1·3 billion people in China lived in cities, a proportion that is expected to reach 75% by 2050. One consequence is that rural areas endure diminished financial and medical resources to care for a disproportionate number of elderly people and a greater burden of diseases than are found in cities.”

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