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, Principle 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.
ARISE advice on COVID-19 For people in informal settlements
In this recent webinar organised by JPG School of Public Health, ARISE partners describe the challenges and interventions that are being put in place to tackle COVID-19.
|1||1 June||12:00 – 14:00||English||Asia|
|2||2 June||14:00 – 16:00||English||Africa|
|3||3 June||14:00 – 16:00||English||US/Europe|
|4||9 June||15:00 – 17:00||Spanish||Latin America|
Shadowing Suvartha on her waste-picking route in Vijayawada
A photo essay by Shrutika Murthy, The George Institute for Global Health India
The dilemma between hunger and a pandemic
Our colleague Sabina Rashid writes in the Daily Star,
“For poor microbusiness owners, labourers, transport workers, informal-sector employees, and many other groups who depend on daily wages/earnings in Dhaka, there is now only the pain of hunger, not figuratively, but literally. With the shutdown now extended to a month, these groups are under the real threat of starvation.”
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.