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.  


📢📢 Publication Alert!
This study aimed to explore the overall implementation status of the NCD control program at the primary health care (PHC) level in Bangladesh, explore the challenges, and identify the way forward for better implementation.

A reminder for our joint webinar on Thurs 7th July on Measuring and Responding to Urban Deprivation - register to attend here:
@NuffieldLeeds @FCDOHealthRes @IDEAMAPSNetwork @UrbanHealthYork

Urban health systems are complex. Plurality of providers and are poorly regulated; wider vulnerabilities impacting health of urban poor are less known; quality of care is weak etc. Nepal Health Sector strategy pays focus on strengthening urban health system,needs robust rollout.

Stakeholders consultation not only makes Nepal Health Sector Strategy contextually tailored but also create wider ownership for implementation, says @kp_paudel Chief PPMD, MoHP during consultation meeting with province and local government #HealthSector #ResilientHealthSystem

📢New Paper from the #CHORUSNigeria team!
The Role of Contextual Factors in Private Sector Engagement: A Case Study of Private Sector Contribution to COVID-19 Mitigation in Nigeria

@ObinnaOnwujekwe @AgwuP @Chinyerembachu @FSS_UNN @FCDOHealthRes

👩🏾‍💻Come to our event on the decolonisation of health policy and systems research @h_s_global

🔨Chipping away at structures and processes.

🗓️ 15 July 2020
⏲️ 14.00-15.30 BST


✊🏽All welcome!


In @IIED's new report launched at #WUF11, 'Better cities are possible: responding to the twin crises of climate change and inequality' we bust 4 common myths about resilience, climate mitigation, housing and migration in cities. Here they are... 🧵 1/5

"When people are in ‘obhab’ (scarcity), people tend to fight more, they tend to resort to stealing. There is a chance of increasing crime in this community. I am worried that theft and crime will increase in our community."

New Online Course: Introduction to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) - How to be a GESI responsive clinician from @physiopedia @RelabHS


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.