CHORUS Innovation Fund: 9 Innovative Projects

Oct 10, 2023

In summer 2022, early and mid-career researchers from across CHORUS were invited to submit research proposals for a first round of funding from the CHORUS Innovation Fund. The fund is for smaller innovative projects that would aim to:  Extend knowledge in relation to CHORUS 4 pillars Explore pillars/features in relation to groups of urban poor…

Engaging with the Media to Increase Impact

Sep 26, 2023

4 countries; 100 journalists; 55 media reports   ‘The findings of public health research should be made available to the general people.’ Rumana Huque, Executive Director, ARK Foundation   Journalists and the media are critical partners in the dissemination of health research. The media has significant influence over how people form opinions on health issues…

Webinar: Poverty Estimation in Small Urban Areas

Sep 19, 2023

A high-resolution spatial understanding of poverty can help policymakers design effective interventions that target marginalized and vulnerable groups. Often data from detailed household surveys (e.g., LSMS, DHS) provide estimates of poverty at the national level, but these are spatially patchy. On the other hand, national census data fully represents the population but lacks detail needed…

Webinar: Participatory Research Methods (Social Mapping and Transect Walk)

Sep 19, 2023

As part of the CHORUS Qualitative and Participatory Methods Action Learning Group’s webinar series, Tarana Ferdous, senior research associate at ARK Foundation, Bangladesh, provides an introduction to social mapping and transect walks. The webinar is chaired by Abriti Arjyal from HERD International. Watch the webinar here  

Webinar: Efficiency analysis of health care facilities

Aug 9, 2023

Health system efficiency is a significant concern for all, including policy makers and healthcare providers, and increasing efficiency is a decision makers’ criteria for priority setting. In this CHORUS webinar, Prof. Zahidul Quayyum from BRAC University (JPGSPH) and Md. Zahid Hasan, CHORUS PhD student at the University of Leeds, present and discuss how to measure…

Blog: Delivering Health Information in Urban Areas – The Intersection of Media and Research

Jul 14, 2023

by Delali Kumapley (CHORUS Research Uptake Co-Lead)   Health information rides on the wheels of communication and the media[i] by providing information to improve health and influencing healthcare decisions.  During the needs assessment of the CHORUS Ghana study, for instance, residents in the study sites referred to television, radio, and the internet as their primary…

Webinar: An Intersectional and Gendered Approach to Health and Wellbeing in Informal Settlements

Jun 29, 2023

Following on from the rich discussion at the ‘Actors and alliances to transform health and wellbeing in cities’ satellite session at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Bogota, the ARISE and CHORUS consortia hosted a joint webinar to discuss the importance of employing an intersectional and gendered lens when looking at health and…

Policy Brief: Key Recommendations for Effective Modalities for Urban Primary Health Care Systems in Bangladesh

Jun 12, 2023

The urban health system in Bangladesh is facing numerous challenges in terms of availability of healthcare services reaching the urban populations, particularly the most marginalised, including low service coverage,  poor quality of services and a lack of quality monitoring. CHORUS in Bangladesh aims to explore the current use of strategic purchasing within the primary health…

Blog: From People to Policy: Media has a lot to do in Health

Jun 2, 2023

By Shreeman Sharma “When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.” This is a quote attributed to 19th century American journalist John B. Bogart. This quote is very commonly used in journalism teaching and journalistic practice while defining…

Blog: Gender Norms and Health-Seeking Behaviour in Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria

May 24, 2023

By Delali Kumapley, CHORUS Research Uptake Co-Lead, and the CHORUS Gender & Intersectionality Group Based on the case study: “The Influence of Changing Gender and Social Norms on Health Seeking Behaviour and Health Systems in Cities” by Sushama Kanan, Abriti Arjyal, Lauren Wallace, Ada Nwameme, Chinyere Mbachu, Faria Islam, Samina Huque, Umme Salma, Grishu Shrestha,…

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