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Building Healthy Cities Resource Bin

Week of February 9, 2021

This email provides a weekly summary of collected resources that are relevant to BHC's activities. BHC is currently engaged in four cities: Da Nang, Vietnam; Indore, India; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Makassar, Indonesia.

The full content can be found at the individual links below or upon request. If there are resources you would like to share with the BHC team, please send them to Lauren Azmon at

New Resource Bin Content

Title: The Mystery Of India's Plummeting COVID-19 Cases 
Source: NPR 
Author: Lauren Frayer 
Publication Date: 1 February 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
Last September, India was confirming nearly 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day. But four months later, India's coronavirus numbers have plummeted. Scholars are examining the potential reasons behind this, including mask mandates, India's climate, disease patterns and demographics. 

TitleGovernment of Nepal and the World Bank Launch $150 million Nepal Urban Governance and Infrastructure Project
Source: The World Bank 
Author: The World Bank 
Publication Date: 27 January 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
The World Bank and The Secretary of Ministry of Urban Development jointly launched the Nepal Urban Governance and Infrastructure Project. This four-year, $150 million project's goal is to promote sustainable urban development and to support post-COVID-19 economic recovery in strategic secondary cities. 

Title: From urban fire risk to effective mitigation – Building safer & healthier cities
Source: World Bank Blogs 
Author: Theresa Abrassart, Brian Meacham, Keiko Sakoda, & Thomas Moullier 
Publication Date: 26 January 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
The deadly impact of fires cannot be understated: every year, more than 180,000 people die in fires or from burn-related injuries worldwide. Inadequate planning, infrastructure, and construction practices related to fire prevention and mitigation significantly increase the potential for conflagration, fire ignition and spread. Proven approaches through building and fire regulation include appropriate enabling legislation; well-designed and implemented building and fire regulations; and adequate capacity to undertake building fire safety plan reviews and construction inspections.

Title: Myanmar's Doctors Vow to Shut Hospitals in Anti-Coup Protests 
Source: Bloomberg 
Author: TKhine Lin Kyaw & Philip Heijmans 
Publication Date: 3 February 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
Myanmar’s doctors have vowed to shut hospitals across the country as public protests intensified amid calls to defy the new military regime that took control of the government and seized civilian leaders in a coup on Monday.

BHC is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-17-00028, beginning September 30, 2017. BHC is implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) with partners International Organization for Migration, Thrive Networks Global, and Urban Institute, and with support from Engaging Inquiry, LLC.
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