CHORUS at the ISUH 18th International Conference on Urban Health. 24 – 27 October 2022, Valencia, Spain

CHORUS has strong representation at the 18th International Conference on Urban Health this October. Held over four days in Valencia, Spain, and online, this year’s theme is ‘Growing our Global Community. Driving Action. Ensuring Equity’.

CHORUS contributions are detailed below.

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Thursday 27 October 2022

Capacity Development for Urban Health – What Capacities Should we Prioritise to Enable a Holistic and Coordinated Approach to Urban Health Practice and Policymaking? 

Workshop. Parallel Session 8. 09.00 – 10.30 CET / 08.00 – 09.30 GMT. Room La Petxina – Sala de Prensa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is preparing a capacity development programme for people implementing, facilitating or managing policies or practices to improve health and wellbeing in urban areas. This workshop will involve an, in-depth discussion on the WHO urban health capacity development programme, focusing especially on the importance and different dimensions of the four key capacity areas:

  1. Ensuring robust urban health observation and analysis
  2. Scaling up innovation and reforms for urban health
  3. Allocation of fiscal, human and institutional resources
  4. Fostering urban health partnerships, participation and knowledge sharing

It is aligned with the main conference themes of ICUH 2022, including “Making it Happen: Mechanisms for supporting health and wellbeing in urban environments” as well as “Transforming Urban Environments for Health: Contributions that turn evidence into practice and action”.

The workshop will feature prominent scholars and practitioners as panelists to exchange insights on constitutive areas of “urban health capacities” and critical considerations in evaluation and training. Following the panel discussion, all participants will be invited to share their practical experiences and perspectives.


  • Nathalie Roebbel, Unit Head (Urban Health), WHO
  • Francisco Obando, Consultant (Urban Health), WHO
  • Helen Elsey, Professor of Global Public Health, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, CHORUS Research Director
  • Jo Ivey Boufford, Clinical Professor, New York University School of Global Public Health
  • Helen Pineo, Associate Professor, Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources, UCL
  • Marcus Grant, Editor in Chief, Cities & Health

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Is the Urban Primary Health Care System in Bangladesh Ready to Deliver Essential NCD Care 

Oral Presentation. Parallel Session 3. 10.30 – 11.30 CET / 09.30 – 10.30 GMT. Room La Petxina – Salon de Actos

This session will examine the facilitators and barriers in integrating NCD care in urban PHC setting in Bangladesh by examining the findings from the recent CHORUS mixed methods study.  


  • Dr. Deepa Barua, ARK Foundation, Bangladesh

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Resources and Strategies to Facilitate and Motivate Linkages between Informal Service Providers and Formal Health Systems in Nigeria’s Urban Slums 

Oral Presentation. Parallel Session 3. 11.30 – 12.30 CET / 10.30 – 11.30 GMT. Room La Petxina – Sala de Prensa

With poor coverage of health insurance and uneven distribution of healthcare facilities and services in urban slums, there is an increasing reliance among the urban poor on the more accessible and affordable informal healthcare providers. Despite their interdependencies, non-formal healthcare providers are not properly integrated or even formally linked to the formal health system. In the absence of more consistent and structured linkages between non-formal and formal providers, the consequence of ‘fragmentation’ of health services and poor quality of care will be borne by service users.

This session will draw on the findings of the CHORUS rapid review on the feasibility, resources and strategies of linking the formal and informal service providers in Nigeria’s urban slums, which could help regulate, improve quality and the continuity of care provided by the informal sector.


  • Dr. Chinyere Okeke, University of Nigeria
  • Prof. Benjamin Uzochukwu, University of Nigeria
  • Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe, University of Nigeria

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Participatory Methods to Identify the Urban Poor and NCD Care Seeking Behaviour, in Pokhara, Nepal

Oral Presentation. Parallel Session 5. 10.30 – 11.30 CET / 09.30 – 10.30 GMT. Room La Petxina – Salon de Actos


  • Ms. Abriti Arjyal, HERD International, Nepal

Wednesday 26 October 2022

How are Changing Gender and Social Norms Influencing Health Seeking Behaviour and Health Systems in Cities in West Africa and South Asia? 

Panel Session. 12.00 – 13.00 CET / 11.00 – 12.00 GMT. Virtual Session

Whilst there is agreement that incorporating intersectional gender analysis into research on health systems is critically important, gender sensitive primary health care policies and interventions that take into account poor urban residents’ health seeking behaviour and perspectives are limited. To ensure equitable urban health environments for all residents, in-depth understandings of the relationships between gender, intersectionality and health-seeking behaviour in diverse urban settings are needed.  

This session will present analyses of how gender intersects with other social stratifiers to influence health seeking behaviour in poor urban neighbourhoods; explore cross-country similarities and differences, and draw out ways forward to adapt urban health systems and create equitable urban health environments. 


  • Dr Lauren J. Wallace, Ghana
  • Dr. Sushama Kanan, ARK Foundation, Bangladesh
  • Prof. Helen Elsey, University of York
  • Chinyere Mbachu, University of Nigeria
  • Abriti Arjyal, HERD International, Nepal