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.  


The policy brief for Covid and Cities, written by our Nepal team at @HERDIntl is now available to read on our website

#covid #covidandcities #urbanhealth #CHORUSurbanhealth #HERDInternational


@IS_UrbanHealth is delighted to invite you to join its 18th International Conference on #Urban #Health!

WHERE: Valencia, Spain & online
WHEN: 24-27 October 2022

Stay tuned for updates!

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Interesting review of ways to strengthen the contribution of informal drug shops to health systems through training, community education, linking to supply chain regulation, formal policies to enable recognition of drug shops

Rethinking household surveys reveals true picture of health inequality, via @IIED

Some interesting sessions over the next few days at the @BRACJPGSPH hosted international conference on Covid-19. CHORUS Nepal lead @sushilbaral is a panellist on the final session on envisioning a post Covid health system. You can register here

The pandemic has pushed many primary healthcare systems to a breaking point - yet not realising a resilient primary healthcare system is the most effective response to the pandemic is a great loss #wakeup #COVID19 #primaryhealthcare #phc #healthsystems

HSG and @AllianceHPSR in collaboration with @HPP_LSHTM, invite early-career women in #LMICs and working on #HPSR issues, to apply for this call to publish their HPSR research for the first time in a peer-reviewed journal: #healthsystems #globalhealth

Our webinar this morning, as part of our webinar series, is looking at using the Gender & Intersectionality framework in the research process. Thank you presenters Sushama Kanan, @01Arjyal and Joe Hicks
The framework can be found here:

Some thoughts on putting safeguarding policies into action, and ensuring it is reflective and integral in all aspects of our research👉
Thank you @SaferEdge for the useful focal point training, and @ARISEHub for sharing your expertise and learning journey


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.