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Building Healthy Cities Resource Bin

Week of April 6, 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: Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and perinatal outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Source: The Lancet Global Health 
Author: Barbara Chmielewska, et al.
Publication Date: March 31, 2021 
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on health-care systems and potentially on pregnancy outcomes, but no systematic synthesis of evidence of this effect has been undertaken. We aimed to assess the collective evidence on the effects on maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes of the pandemic. Global maternal and fetal outcomes have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increase in maternal deaths, stillbirth, ruptured ectopic pregnancies, and maternal depression. Some outcomes show considerable disparity between high-resource and low-resource settings. There is an urgent need to prioritize safe, accessible, and equitable maternity care within the strategic response to this pandemic and in future health crises. 

Title: Climate change will deepen rich-poor global divide, top economists warn
Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation News 
Author: Jack Graham
Publication Date: 30 March 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
Nearly nine in 10 leading global climate economists think climate change will deepen income inequality between rich and poor countries, with most calling for urgent action to cut planet-warming emissions, a New York University's Institute for Policy Integrity survey showed on Tuesday.

Title: Exclusive: World Bank revises climate policy but stops short of halting fossil fuel funding
Source: Reuters
Author: Valerie Volcovici, Andrea Shalal, Kate Abnett
Publication Date: 31 March 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
A revised World Bank policy on climate change commits to making financing decisions in line with efforts to limit global warming, but stops short of promising to halt funding of fossil fuels, according to a draft bank presentation seen by Reuters.

TitleAsia: Two paths through the Covid pandemic
Source: Chatham House
Author: Andreea Gavrila
Publication Date: 2 April 2021
Summary and content relevant to BHC:
This article compares the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Britain and Singapore. 
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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