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.  


Happy to share our 👉web story of #SLUMAP - joint work of @ULBruxelles and @FacultyITC @UTwente funded by @BelgianEO
❤ Thanks to the team for developing low-cost methods to map the urban SDG indicator (11.1.1)
@IDEAMAPSNetwork @EO4SDG @ITCAlumni #EO4all

New Blog!📢
@deepsmnr at @HERDIntl reflects on the difficulties faced by disabled residents of urban slum areas in #Nepal. How can health services be accessible, when the areas they are in pose so many access challenges?
#HealthForAll #UrbanHealth

Do we have coherent policies and strategies when it comes to ‘healthy city and well-being’. Continue focus on sub-sectors initiatives without creating adequate linkages mean ‘more silos with complex structures leading to further complexities.’ Let’s discuss what and how!

Holistic capacity development of multi stakeholders is key towards advancing urban health systems. It’s equally important that urban health research is promoted and findings are translated into actions, says Nathalie Roebbele,Urban Health lead,WHO @WHOSEARO @HERDIntl @ChorusUrban

Progress and limitations in early childhood development policy in Kenya: ECD and day-care for children under 3yrs a particular gap. A policy review and qualitative exploration

Looking forward to today’s deliberations on strengthening urban governance for health and well-being and country/city capacities for multisectoral actions in #SEARO @ChorusUrban @HERDIntl #UrbanHealth #CityHealth

Prof Dr. Syeda Shahina Subhan, Director, Centre for Medical Education (CME), sheds light on the importance of social determinants of health on a MoU signing ceremony between @arkfoundation1 and Non-Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) Programme for the study #CHORUS

“Noncommunicable diseases will both fuel and be fuelled by the growing inequalities in our countries and globally. Inaction and paralysis is not a viable option” says @katiedain1, CEO of NCD Alliance, in response to the new @WHO report on #NCDs.
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Sharing CHORUS needs assessment findings with @FCDOHealthRes network. Thanks for the interesting discussion @sushilbaral @AgwuP on feasibility of linkages between formal, informal and private healthcare providers to improve access and services for urban poor in #Nepal & #Nigeria


We are truly delighted to have Dr. Rashid Zaman, Health Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and
Development Office (FCDO), in the MoU signing ceremony between @arkfoundation1 and NCDC,DGHS for #chorus Project.
@RumanaHuque @rashiduzzaman
#urbanhealth #chorus #ncds


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.