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Mr. Siddharth Agarwal

Urban Health Resource Centre (UHRC), India

About the speaker

Mr. Siddharth Agarwal is a seasoned physician with an impressive 35-year career in public health research and programming. His work primarily focuses on nutrition, maternal-newborn-infant health, community empowerment, urban health, and wellbeing. He has also played a significant role in providing policy and program support to National and State governments.

Mr. Agarwal is the founder of UHRC, an organization dedicated to improving the health, nutrition, and well-being of deprived urban dwellers. He serves as an advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) – SEARO and WHO-Kobe and is an expert at UNHabitat-HQ. Additionally, he is an Expert & Advisor for UNICEF India and a member of several committees of the Ministry of Health, Government of India, as well as State-level committees. His expertise is also recognized internationally, having been an advisor for UK-AID and a panel member for the Rockefeller Foundation’s RULER from 2009 to 2011.

In academia, Mr. Agarwal is an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Global Health, and at the George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services. He also holds a position as a Senior Lecturer in Population Health, Health Services Research, and Primary Care within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester.

His contributions to the field have been acknowledged with the AXA Outlook Award in 2014. Mr. Agarwal is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Health and serves as a reviewer for several Indian and international journals. He is also a grant reviewer for The Wellcome Trust and the National Institute for Health Research in the UK.

For further information on his work and publications, Mr. Agarwal can be accessed via his Google Scholar profile at and his ORCID ID

Presentation highlights

  • Strengthening demand-side dimension of urban governance for improving slum infrastructure: Learning from Indore, India
    Unmasking and understanding intra-urban housing and health disparities:
  • a) in Madhya Pradesh, India: Analysis of NFHS 5 (2019-2021)
  • b) in Delhi: Analysis of NFHS 5 (2019-2021)

Paper Abstract

Unmasking and understanding intra-urban housing and health disparities in Madhya Pradesh, India

The estimated urban population of Madhya Pradesh in 2023 population is 25.1 million. We used data from the National Family Health Survey 5, which is based on the DHS methodology and covered 43,552 households in Madhya Pradesh. Using quartiles based on the NFHS wealth index, this paper examines intra-urban disparities in housing conditions and their association with health and nutrition indicators. Approximately 14.4%
of poor households have piped water in their households and this proportion is 4 times higher richest quartile at 57.1 percent. 21% of poor households have a room density of >5 persons per sleeping, while this proportion is 1.8% in the richest quartile. Only 47.6% of
poor households have a separate kitchen, whereas 96.3% of the richest quartile households have a separate kitchen. Stunting and underweight among children <5 are 1.6 percentage points higher and 4.5 percentage points higher among children relying on water sources outside their homes, as opposed to those with access to piped water within their house-holds. The prevalence of severe stunting was almost double (19.5 percent versus 10 percent) in households without toilets as compared to households with toilets. The prevalence of tuberculosis was twice (194 per 100,000 persons) in households without a kitchen as compared to households with a kitchen (88 per 100,000 persons). This analysis uncovers intra-urban disparities and provides insights towards the need for environmental and housing interventions to complement health and nutrition interventions for the city.

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