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…


Webinar: Research and Interventions in Complex Adaptive Systems

Dec 7, 2021

CHORUS CEO Irene Agyepong presented the theoretical concepts of understanding health systems as Complex Adaptive Systems, and discussed how to apply the theory when co-designing and evaluating health systems interventions. This was followed by discussions within CHORUS country teams on application within their intervention co-design, giving thought to the intended and unintended implications. Watch the…


Covid & Cities Blog – 3rd in the series

Nov 10, 2021

Urban health concerns and non-communicable diseases in Nepal by Anchal Thapa, HERD International The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) has grown rapidly in Nepal, and contributes to  two-thirds (66 %) of the total deaths that occur in the country. The majority of the NCD related deaths are attributable to the four major non communicable disease…


Covid & Cities Blog – 2nd in the series

Aug 16, 2021

Role of the private sector in COVID-19 response in urban areas: Lessons from Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria and Bangladesh. by Helen Elsey The 17th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) was held on 6-8 July 2021. A key theme of the conference was urban governance and public health systems in the time of COVID-19. CHORUS –…


Covid & Cities Blog – 1st of a series

Jul 29, 2021

Urban Health Systems: A neglected frontline of 21st Century epidemics and pandemics. Irene A Agyepong, Mahua Das, Helen Elsey, Tim Ensor  Cities have been the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the world still struggles to emerge from Covid-19, scientists predict that more epidemics and pandemics lie ahead. Yet are the current urban health…


Panel Session ‘Coordination, collaboration or confusion? Urban governance and the private sector in the COVID-19 response’ on Wednesday 7 July 2021 13.30 – 15.00 BST

Jul 2, 2021

Come and join the CHORUS team as we review and discuss the role of the private sector and city governments during the pandemic in Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nigeria, at the 17th International Conference on Urban Health. CHORUS colleagues will present analysis on the spectrum of providers and their role in the response to COVID-19,…


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