ARISE hub – Accountability in urban health

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The Institute of Health and Wellbeing is collaborating with global universities and organisations on ARISE: Accountability and Responsiveness in Informal Settlements for Equity, the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Hub.

Over half of the world’s population live in cities and one in three of these live in informal settlements in low and middle-income countries. However, inadequate access to services and limited opportunities to shape their environment lead to a wide range of physical and mental health risks. The ARISE Hub will focus on 20 informal settlements in Kenya, Sierra Leone, India and Bangladesh. It will support marginalised people to claim their health rights and help build government accountability and capacity through evidence-based research to inform policy change at all levels.

ARISE Hub is being led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, with University of Glasgow Co-Investigators Professor Jill Pell, Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and Professor Alastair Leyland and Dr Linsay Gray, both from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, along with other partner organisations.

Dr Gray said: “At the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, we are committed to improving health and wellbeing in populations and reducing related inequities. We are delighted to be part of ARISE because it gives us the opportunity to work with the most marginalised people to realise these goals."

Visit the project website: and follow on Twitter @ARISEHub

First published: 4 August 2019