Research Aims and Key Outputs

In order to gain a better understanding of the effects of urbanisation and urban environments on the health of women and girls in low-income settings, the research will have several components:

  • An annotated bibliography
  • A Thematic Review
  • An online discussion, which took place from January 29th – 31st, 2013
  • Six case studies with a focus on HIV, sexual and reproductive health and other health issues of particular relevance to the urban environment will be conducted in South Africa, Kenya and India.

Each case study will provide an in-depth look at policy-relevant issues around a particular health challenge for women and girls in low-income urban settlements.  Case studies currently planned include:

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)South AfricaCompleted
Mental healthSouth AfricaCompleted
Constitutional change and access to HIV servicesKenya2014
Technology and SRH PolicySouth Africa2014
Urban health policy in an indigenous contextIndia2014
Water and sanitationIndia2015



  • Annotated Bibliography: Urbanisation and Health

    This annotated bibliography reflects a literature search undertaken to support the work of a collaborative research project looking at women’s and girls’ health in rapidly urbanising areas in developing countries. It looks at the literature which examines the global debates around urbanisation and health generally, and more specifically at the issues of urban living and its impact on the health of women and girls living in low-income urban settlements in Kenya and South Africa. 

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  • Urbanisation, gender and health online discussion report

    This report provides a summary of the online discussion on gender and health in urban areas, which took place from the 29 - 31 January, 2013. The online discussion examined the following questions: 

    1. What are the key issues and trends in terms of urbanisation and women’s and girls’ health?
    2. What interventions aim to address women’s and girls’ health in urban areas? What examples of promising practice do you see?
    3. What needs to be done differently to improve health outcomes for urban women and girls? What are the policy and programmatic priorities for the future?
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