Category: Blogs

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

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

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

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

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

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…


Covid & Cities Blog – 3rd in the series

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

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

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…