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Increasing attention has been given to the role of green space in reducing health disparities. However, robust evidence to support decision making is lacking in the global South. We investigate the relationship between green space and health as well as its underlying mechanism in Cali, Colombia. Results indicate that neighbourhood greenness is associated with enhanced self-rated 'good' health and reduced physical and mental distress. The health benefits of green space appear to be stronger for people living in wealthier neighbourhoods than those in poor neighbourhoods. Results highlight the importance of considering health disparities for future green infrastructure planning in the global South context.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102690

Type

Journal article

Journal

Health Place

Publication Date

23/10/2021

Volume

72

Keywords

Cali, Colombia, Global South, Green space, Health disparities, Inequalities, Physical activity