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Citizen Spotlight: Food Safety in Indore

Equitable access to healthy food is an important part of healthy urban planning. In Indore, India a large portion of the population consumes food from street food markets. The USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities (BHC) project conducted a rapid feedback survey in Indore from November 2021—January 2022 to understand citizens’ knowledge and attitudes around food safety…


JSI’s Work in Ethiopia

This is a brochure describing the ongoing JSI projects and successes in Ethiopia. Included are the partners and donors that collaborate with JSI to improve health care and the health system in Ethiopia. This resource is useful to JSI, partners, donors, and anyone who wants to know more about JSI's inolvement in Ethiopia's health system. 


Bringing Sectors Together in Da Nang, Vietnam: Participatory Systems Mapping

The USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities (BHC) work in Da Nang, Vietnam, engaged 108 multi-sector stakeholders to gather qualitative data across two workshops and three citizen town halls from 2019 to 2021. These data were synthesized with the results from BHC’s seven other activities in Da Nang to build systems maps. Contextual findings showed that multi-sector,…


Indore Workshop Report: Community Data Walks

In Indore, India, BHC is jointly implemented with Indore Smart City Development Limited (ISCDL) with the objective of making the city a "healthy, livable Smart City for all." BHC organized a series of data walks between October 2021 and January 2022 in informal settlements that previously took part in a participatory research survey under BHC (in partnership…


Measuring and Monitoring Adaptive Learning: A Landscape Review

The monitoring and evaluation of adaptive learning is an emergent field aiming to monitor how adaptive learning processes have been introduced, how they are used, and whether they are having the intended results. Although there is a growing body of literature on adaptive programming more generally, there is a limited knowledge base on the monitoring…


Measuring and Monitoring Adaptive Learning: An Overview

The monitoring and evaluation of adaptive learning is an emergent field aiming to monitor how adaptive learning processes have been introduced, how they are used, and whether they are having the intended results. Although there is a growing body of literature on adaptive programming more generally, there is a limited knowledge base on the monitoring…


Designing for a Healthier Makassar, Indonesia: Participatory Systems Mapping

In Makassar, Indonesia, the USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities (BHC) project engaged 240 multi-sector stakeholders to gather qualitative data across three workshops and two citizen town halls from 2019 to 2021. These data were synthesized with results from BHC’s nine other Makassar activities to build maps of the current system and identify high-impact areas for engagement….


Participatory Systems Mapping for Municipal Prioritization and Planning

Rapidly growing cities face new and compounding health challenges, leading governments and donors to seek innovative ways to support healthier, more resilient urban growth. One such approach is the systems mapping process developed by Engaging Inquiry (EI) for the USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities project (BHC) in four cities in Asia. This paper provides details on…


Da Nang Waste-free Schools Handbook

In Da Nang, Vietnam, the USAID-funded Building Healthy Cities (BHC) project developed the Waste-free Schools (WFS) initiative, built on a multisector platform. Working with the Department of Education, the Food Safety Management Authority, and the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, WFS creates continuous communication among these three institutions. WFS used co-creation methods to customize…


Pathways to improve health information systems in Ethiopia: current maturity status and implications

To achieve national and international strategic goals, countries are advised to assess the maturity status of their health information systems (HIS), including business continuity and interoperability. This work aims to determine the existing maturity status of the Ethiopian HIS, set HIS improvement goals, and inform a path towards an improved national HIS by the end…


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