Webinar: Developing a Typology of Private Healthcare Providers

Apr 8, 2022

Professor Tim Ensor discusses the public-private mix of funding and healthcare provision present in the health systems of the countries CHORUS is conducting research. He goes on to discuss developing a typology of private healthcare providers that can be used across CHORUS. The session includes an initial talk, followed by country-specific groupwork to discuss how…


Webinar: Health System Responsiveness

Mar 21, 2022

Professor Tolib Mirzoev discusses how health system responsiveness is framed and empirically assessed, to inform possible application of this concept in the CHORUS projects. The session draws on the original WHO framework and subsequent background review paper, and insights from collaborative research from the the on-going RESPONSE (improving systems responsiveness in Ghana and Vietnam) and…


Clients making inquiries at a primary health care centre in PMC

Blog: Introducing Pokhara Metropolitan City: The urban poor and the local health system

Mar 16, 2022

By Shreeman Sharma, HERD International Image depicts clients making inquiries at a primary health care centre in Pokhara Metropolitan City. Photo: Shreeman Sharma, HERDi HERD International is a partner in the CHORUS research consortium. We are implementing a study in Pokhara Municipality of Nepal to understand the local health system, and we aim to contribute…


Covid & Cities Blog – 6th in the Series: What role did local governments in Accra play in the response to Covid-19?

Feb 23, 2022

Nana Efua E. Afun & Lauren J. Wallace Image shows COVID-19 community education and sensitization with elders in Ashaiman municipality, Greater Accra.   Background In Ghana, there are clear structures for the management of public health emergencies at all levels of government. There is a particular emphasis on coordination and communication between the various levels…


Covid & Cities Blog – 5th in the Series: Even in a pandemic, health is political as well as technical: Alleviating the burden of COVID-19 on vulnerable urban populations in Ghana

Feb 23, 2022

Lauren J. Wallace & Ivy Akushika Agbenu Image shows COVID-19 Sensitization at a Taxi Station in Ashaiman Municipality, Greater Accra, jointly led by the Municipal Health Management Team and Development Partners   Background The COVID-19 pandemic has once again brought renewed attention to the importance of understanding how politics shapes responses to health challenges. Government decisions…


Video: The impact of COVID-19 responses on the urban poor in Nepal

Feb 14, 2022

Our Partners HERD International highlight the findings of the CHORUS study on how the government and private sector responses impacted the urban poor in Nepal during the pandemic. From the first case detected in January 2020 and the response measures that followed, the urban poor were hardest hit, and this was compounded by poor communication,…


Covid & Cities Blog – 4th in the series: Reflections on the government response to COVID-19 in Nigeria’s urban context, and thoughts for future pandemic responses

Feb 3, 2022

by Prince Agwu, Chinyere Mbachu and Obinna Onwujekwe, Health Policy Research Group, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Background Nigeria’s urban population growth rate is currently estimated at 4.1%, and the urban population is expected to double by over 200m by 2050. A burgeoning urban population could be regarded as both advantageous and disadvantageous, considering the increase…


Gender and Intersectionality Webinar – 10 January 2022

Jan 27, 2022

by Samina Huque, ARK Foundation A webinar was arranged on ‘Gender and Intersectionality Planning” on 10th January 2022.  The objective of the webinar was to provide guidance on using the gender and intersectionality framework (CHORUS’ Gender and Intersectionality Guide) to reflect on the data collection and to further shape the health systems intervention to be…


Blog: Safeguarding in International Development Research: Putting Policy into Action

Jan 5, 2022

What is safeguarding? UKCDR defines safeguarding in research as “preventing and addressing any sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment of research participants, communities and research staff, plus any broader forms of violence, exploitation and abuse… such as bullying, psychological abuse and physical violence”. (UKCDR, February 2020) On a practical level, safeguarding means taking all reasonable steps…


Blog: Important Yet Ignored: Non-Communicable Diseases in Urban Bangladesh

Dec 10, 2021

By Tahmid Hasan, ARK Foundation   In Bangladesh, NCDs are estimated to account for 67% of all deaths. In low and middle-income countries, urbanization has been identified as one of the crucial underlying reasons for the increasing trends of NCDs. Bangladesh has also been experiencing rapid urbanization for the past two decades. The urban population…


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