Community-led Responsive and Effective Urban Health Systems (CHORUS)

Who we are: CHORUS is a Research Programme Consortium that brings together health researchers from Africa, South Asia and the UK. CHORUS works with communities, health professionals and city level decision makers to develop and test ways to improve the health of the poorest urban residents.
The Challenge: As rapid and uncontrolled urbanisation continues across low- and middle-income countries, health systems are struggling to keep up, and the needs of poor urban communities are often not met. This is especially true for those experiencing exclusion due to intersections with gender, caste, ethnicity, religion and disability.
The Response: The CHORUS vision is to address these challenges and help build resilience in urban health systems. Our demand-led approach will work with poor communities to understand their health needs and design and evaluate interventions that will drive the improvement of the urban health system. We will work closely with urban policymakers and providers to ensure that any intervention developed is consistent with policy objectives and is feasible and sustainable. Our response will be divided into a number of research pillars and cross cutting themes.  


A critical aspect of strengthening social accountability is the realization of the rights of people ‘marginalised by design’ to freedom from discrimination, violence and to full societal participation Read more:

Strengthening coordination for shock preparedness and response: lessons for health system resilience.
Looks at roles played by coordination & p/ships between stakeholders, strengths & weaknesses of sub/national structures.
@OPMglobal @IGHD_QMU

What we can learn from the response to #COVID19 and other shocks? How can we develop a resilient health system so that it is able to maintain the delivery of health services when similar shocks occur in future?
@HERDIntl investigates the issues in Nepal.

📣 Stakeholder analysis in medicines policies in #Ghana is out in ⁦⁦⁦@GlobalHealthBMJ⁩ Great lead Dr Augustina Koduah ⁦⁦@UnivofGh 🙏@NIHRglobal⁩ support ⁦⁦@LSHTM⁩ ⁦@LBaatiema⁩ ⁦@DrAnnaChavez⁩ ⁦@IreneAgyepong⁩

Join Cities Alliance in this Urban Thinkers Campus event on the challenges and opportunities to improve gender mainstreaming across urban climate adaptation strategies and plans.

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System-level changes within TB programmes may facilitate routine delivery of tobacco cessation support to TB patients.
Findings from our multi-country, mixed-methods implementation study.
@sushilbaral @shophikaregmi @01Arjyal @helenelsey @RumanaHuque

A roadmap for #cities will be presented during the #WUF11 in line with the global SDG’s.The roadmap will feature key actions in transforming cities into green,accessible and productive spaces.

What do we know about how health systems strengthening interventions work to improve health and health system outcomes, where, for whom, when and at what cost?
Where are the evidence gaps?
@sophie_witter @TimMartineau @DinaBalabanova @Lucy_Gilson

We are *really excited* for first consortium article in @GlobalHealthBMJ "Towards digital justice: participatory action research in global #digitalhealth " Conceived & written by colleagues @gnpplus @KELINKenya @STOPAIDS @Uniandes @BRACJPGSPH


CHORUS Research Pillars


CHORUS is funded by UK aid from the British people, however, the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.