Category: Blogs

Blog: The Transgender Community and Disparities of the Urban Health Care System. Untold Stories

By Umme Salma Anee, Nondita Hassan, Fariha Islam Munia, Maisha Ahsan Momo, Tahmid Hasan, Deepa Barua and Rumana Huque. ARK Foundation, Bangladesh A transgender woman, named Sumaiya (pseudonym), became sick while collecting money for a prolonged time under the scorching heat of summer. She went to buy medicine from a road side drug store. While…


Blog: Safeguarding and Urban Health Researchers in Bangladesh

By Samina Huque, Project Manager and Safeguarding Focal Point, ARK Foundation, Bangladesh Safeguarding policies and practices in the global health research sector are inspired and influenced by different sources and entities. In most countries, organizations form their safeguarding policies as per the law of the respective country and relevant laws of the host/donor countries they…


Webinar: “Health Financing and Public Expenditure Management Tools”

In this CHORUS webinar, Prof. Rumana Huque from ARK Foundation, introduces public expenditure management tools and specifically, PER, PETs and NHA. A discussion follows on how these tools are useful in understanding overall fund flow and how they can be used at subnational level. Finally, examples of how the tools can be used in practice…


Webinar: “Intervention Co-creation Methods and Approaches”

In this CHORUS Webinar, Professor Helen Elsey from the University of York, introduces frameworks and useful papers on co-design processes.   Watch the presentation here!


Webinar: “Health Economics Tools”

In this CHORUS webinar: Dr. Bryony Dawkins and Prof. Tim Ensor discuss the role of health economics in helping to understand and evaluate health systems and health system interventions. The presentation briefly presents nine techniques and tools, from understanding sources of funding and funding flows, through analysis of equity, economic evaluation and provider payments. Watch the…


Blog: Urban slum life hit by poverty and tragedy

Deepak Joshi, CHORUS Researcher, HERD International, Nepal Our team, as part of making the video documentary, visited a slum area located in Pokhara City, located near the airport. We also visited the weekly clinic conducted by one of the health facilities offering services to the residents. We were five people in our team including myself,…


Blog: Measuring and Addressing Deprivation in Informal Settlements: Two Frameworks to Use

Delali Kumapley, Research Uptake Officer, CHORUS Ghana In this blog, Delali Kumapley (CHORUS RU Officer) reports back on the recent webinar with CHORUS, IDEAMAPs, and the University of York’s Urbanisation and Health Network, on ‘Measuring and Responding to Urban Deprivation in Cities, in Low and Middle-Income Countries’, held on 7th July 22. The webinar showcased…


Blog: Comparing life for the poor in informal and formal settlements

Professor Tim Ensor, CHORUS Research Director, University of Leeds Is someone who is poor better off living in a slum (informal settlement) or in accommodation mixed in with all other households? This question has been on my mind recently, particularly after our pertinent webinar on Community Mapping and Domains of Deprivation with Caroline Kabaria recently…


Blog: Community Mapping and Domains of Deprivation

Delali Kumapley, Research Uptake Officer, CHORUS Ghana Community Mapping and GIS: Application for Health Research – Summary and Reflections from the Webinar Available statistics show that Sub-Saharan Africa records the highest number of slum dwellers. About 62% of the region’s urban population resides in slums as compared to 35% in Southern Asia (UN-Habitat, 2014). Although…


Blog: Understanding the Health Needs of the Vulnerable – Lessons from the Community

Delali Kumapley, Research Uptake Officer, CHORUS Ghana Image credits  – University of Ghana, School of Public Health   One of the main problems faced by the poorer populations living in informal settlements or slums is their inaccessibility to proper healthcare. Healthcare provision in informal settlements can be limited due to inadequate government resources and the…