Urban health

As I hopped into the hotel car the driver proudly announced that the vehicle was equipped with wifi. “Wifi in a car? Impressive!” was my response. Since the drive to the conference center was only 4 kilometers, I didn’t even bother to search for my phone hidden somewhere deep in my bag. However, this was not just any conference center – this was the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which meant that during the first ten minutes out of the hotel, we had painfully crawled along no more than about 50 meters, centimeter by centimeter. I now understood why the car was equipped with wifi.The 12th International Conference on Urban Health was held last month for the first time in a developing country, something remarkable given that almost all urban population growth in our lifetime is predicted to take place in developing countries. It was also fitting that it should be held in Dhaka, currently ranked 11th among the world’s top 28 megacities. —blogs.adb.org/blog