Category: Blogs

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…


Blog: Men’s Health in Urban Bangladesh – Is the Urban Primary Healthcare System Leaving Men behind?

Maisha Ahsan Momo, Research Assistant, ARK Foundation, Bangladesh Image credits  – ARK Foundation, Bangladesh   Abdur Rahim (pseudonym, aged 65+) lazily passes his days at his shabby little home in Duwaripara slum. Being a retired day-laborer, he is now financially dependent on his wife’s and daughter’s income, both of whom work as part-time maids for…


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

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

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…


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…