Accountability in Urban Health
“More than half of the world’s people live in cities, with one in three of those living in low- and middle-income countries doing so in informal settlements, sometimes known colloquially as slums, with inadequate access to services and opportunities to shape decisions about their environment. Our research will support the people in our focal communities to claim their right to health.”
Professor Sally Theobald, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Principal Investigator, ARISE
Around the world, the number of people living in cities is growing rapidly. Transforming the lives of vulnerable people in informal urban settlements is vital to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This entails tackling complex, interrelated challenges of poor health, unequal access to services, insecurity and weak accountability. Rigorous research and evidence, combined with community engagement and ownership, must inform these efforts.
The ARISE Hub – Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity – is a new research consortium, set up to enhance accountability and improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised populations living in informal urban settlements in low- and middle-income countries.
- Interviews with community representatives, and focus group discussions with co-researchers (community members engaging in data-collection and analysis with the research team) to compile a comprehensive list of domains and items to include in the survey, as well as the terminology and articulation called for in each community and language, to inform the development of our survey;
- Designing the instrument in consultation with our statistician colleagues, to ensure that the items are articulated and scored as intended, suitable to analysis and interpretation;
- Planning the administration of the survey to assure standard data-collection technique within and across communities; and
- Envisioning the use that the findings would be put to by the research team, the civil society partners, and the communities.
Shadowing Suvartha on her waste-picking route in Vijayawada
A photo essay by Shrutika Murthy, The George Institute for Global Health India
We have been involved in a number of processes to create guidelines on safeguarding in global health programmes. You can read more in our latest paper in BMJ Global Health.
Or you can read the findings of an international consultation on safeguarding by our colleagues Surekha Garimella and Bintu Mansaray.
We also have advice on safeguarding in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psychological resilience, fragility and the health workforce: lessons on pandemic preparedness from Liberia and Sierra Leone
Healthcare workers in fragile settings are constantly exposed to health system shocks, including; conflict, disease outbreaks and natural disasters, which compound the everyday challenges of working in an under-resourced health system. Read more in our new paper in BMJ Global Health.