Ms Jo Sartori

 Ms Jo Sartori

Institute of Applied Health Research
Programme Manager – Global Health Research

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Jo Sartori is an experienced programme manager with a speciality in research development and international stakeholder relations and engagement. In recent years Jo has developed and managed a large portfolio of global health projects worth over £30million such as the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums. Jo works with Professor Richard Lilford, CBE and other academics in the Institute of Applied Health Research who have an interest international research to improve the populations of low and middle income countries. 

Jo also contributes to the research programme and has co-authored a number of articles in the field of global health such as a series of two articles in the Lancet on the health of people living in slums in low and middle income countries.


  • BA Hons Economics and Social Sciences 2007, University of Manchester
  • PRINCE 2 Foundation & Practitioner 2010


Jo Sartori is based at the Institute of Applied Health with a remit to develop and provide senior management to a portfolio of high quality, competitively funded global health research projects which aim to improve the lives of vulnerable people in low and middle income countries. Current projects include the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums and the NIHR RIGHT project on Transforming the Treatment and Prevention of Leprosy and Buruli ulcers in LMICs. In 2020 Jo re-joined the University of Birmingham from in the University of Warwick where she set up and managed the successful Warwick Centre for Applied Health Research and Delivery (W-CAHRD). 

Jo’s research interests include urban health, water and sanitation, access to and quality of health services, leprosy and other skin stigmatising diseases. 

Previously, she worked as the Head of Programme Delivery for the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West Midlands (CLAHRC WM). Since graduating from the University of Manchester in 2007 with a BA in Economics and Social Science degree (majoring in politics and sociology), Jo has held a variety of public sector roles such as Knowledge, Communications and Engagement Manager and Programme Manager at NIHR CLAHRC for Birmingham & Black Country, supporting organisations in the West Midlands to apply for European Funding and the programme management of a £6.8million regional portfolio of health and wellbeing projects funded by the BIG Lottery. In 2013, Jo managed and coordinated the successful £30million application for NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands, which included collaborative working with three Universities and over 15 NHS organisations and Local Authorities.



  1. Quinn L, Ahmed T, Falk H, Altamirano AM, Muganza A, Nakarmi K, Nawar A, Peck M, Man Rai S, Sartori J, Vana LPM, Wabwire B, Moiemen N, Lilford R. Burn admissions across low- and middle- income countries: a repeated cross-sectional survey.  J Burn Care Res. 2022 Jul 8:irac096. doi: 10.1093/jbcr/irac096.
  2. Improving Health in Slums Collaborative. Pharmacies in informal settlements: a retrospective, cross-sectional household and health facility survey in four countries. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021; 21: 945. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-021-06937-9.
  3. The Improving Health in Slums Collaborative. Inequity of healthcare access and use and catastrophic health spending in slum communities: a retrospective, cross-sectional survey in four countries. BMJ Glob Health. 2021; 6: e007265.
  4. Improving Health in Slums Collaborative.  Primary care doctor and nurse consultations among people who live in slums: a retrospective, cross-sectional survey in four countries. BMJ Open. 2022; 12:e054142.
  5. Uthman OA, Ayorinde A, Oyebode O, Sartori J, Gill P, Lilford RJ. Global Prevalence and Trends in Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among Slum Dwellers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. BMJ Open. 2022.Feb 24;12(2):e052393.
  6. Taylor C, Plowright A, Davies D, Sartori J, Hundt G, Lilford RJ. Formative evaluation of a training intervention for community health workers in South Africa: a before and after study. PLOS One. 2018; 13(9): e0202817
  7. Ezeh A, Oyebode O, Satterthwaite D, Chen YF, Ndugwa R, Sartori J, Mberu B, Melendez-Torres GJ, Haregu T, Watson SI, Caiaffa W, Capon W, Lilford RJ. The history, geography and sociology of slums and the health problems of people who live in slums. Lancet. 2017;389(10068):547-558
  8. Lilford RJ, Oyebode O, Satterthwaite D, Chen YF, Mberu B, Watson SI, Sartori J, Ndugwa R, Caiaffa W, Melendez-Torres GJ, Haregu T, Capon A, Saith A, Ezeh A. Improving the Health and Welfare of People who Live in Slums. Lancet. 2017;389(10068):559-570
  9. Napit IB, Shrestha D, Bishop J, Choudhury S, Dulal S, Gill P, Gkini E, Gwyther H, Hagge DA, Neupane K, Sartori J, Slinn G, Watson SI, Lilford R. An individual randomised efficacy trial of autologous blood products, leukocyte and platelet-rich fibrin (L-PRF), to promote ulcer healing in leprosy in Nepal: the TABLE trial protocol. Trials. 2021; 22: 453.
  10. Shrestha D, Napit IB, Ansari S, Choudhury SM, Dhungana B, Gill P, Griffiths F, Gwyther H, Hagge D, Kandel S, Puri S, Sartori J, Watson SI, Lilford R. Evaluation of a self-help intervention to promote the health and wellbeing of marginalised people including those living with leprosy in Nepal: a prospective, observational, cluster-based, cohort study with controls. BMC Public Health. 2021; 21(1):873.
  11. Aujla N, Chen YF, Samarakoon Y, Wilson A, Grolmusová N, Ayorinde A, Hofer TP, Griffiths F, Brown C, Gill P, Mallen C, Sartori J, Lilford RJ. Comparing the use of direct observation, standardized patients and exit interviews in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review of methods of assessing quality of primary care. Health Policy Plan. 2021;36(3):341-356.
  12. Yeboah G, Porto de Albuquerque J, Troilo R, Tregonning G, Perera S, Ahmed SAKS, Ajisola M, Alam O, Aujla N, Azam SI, Azeem K, Bakibinga P, Chen Y-F, Choudhury NN, Diggle PJ, Fayehun O, Gill P, Griffiths F, Harris B, Iqbal R, Kabaria C, Ziraba AK, Khan AZ, Kibe P, Kisia L, Kyobutungi C, Lilford RJ, Madan JJ, Mbaya N, Mberu B, Mohamed SF, Muir H, Nazish A, Njeri A, Odubanjo O, Omigbodun A, Osuh ME, Owoaje E, Oyebode O, Pitidis V, Rahman O, Rizvi N, Sartori J, Smith S, Taiwo OJ, Ulbrich P, Uthman OA, Watson SI, Wilson R, Yusuf R. Analysis of OpenStreetMap Data Quality at Different Stages of a Participatory Mapping Process: Evidence from Slums in Africa and Asia. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2021; 10(4):265.
  13. Griffiths F, Watkins JA, Huxley C, Harris B, Cave J, Pemba S, Chipwaza B, Lilford R, Ajisola M, Arvanitis TN, Bakibinga P, Billah M, Choudhury N, Davies D, Fayehun O, Kabaria C, Iqbal R, Omigbodun A, Owoaje E, Rahman O, Sartori J, Sayani S, Tabani K, Yusuf R, Sturt J. Mobile consulting (mConsulting) and its potential for providing access to quality healthcare for populations living in low-resource settings of low- and middle-income countries. Digit Health. 2020; 6.
  14. Ahmed SAKS, Ajisola M, Azeem K, Bakibinga P, Chen YF, Choudhury NN, Fayehun O, Griffiths F, Harris B, Kibe P, Lilford RJ, Omigbodun A, Rizvi N, Sartori J, Smith S, Watson SI, Wilson R, Yeboah G, Aujla N, Azam SI, Diggle PJ, Gill P, Iqbal R, Kabaria C, Kisia L, Kyobutungi C, Madan JJ, Mberu B, Mohamed SF, Nazish A, Odubanjo O, Osuh ME, Owoaje E, Oyebode O, Porto de Albuquerque J, Rahman O, Tabani K, Taiwo OJ, Tregonning G, Uthman OA, Yusuf R. Impact of the societal response to COVID-19 on access to healthcare for non-COVID-19 health issues in slum communities of Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan: results of pre-COVID and COVID-19 lockdown stakeholder engagements. BMJ Glob Health. 2020;5(8):e003042.
  15. Watson SI, Sartori J, Uthman O, Lilford RJ. Health effects of sanitation facilities: A Bayesian semi-parametric analysis of compositional data. J R Stat Soc Ser C Appl Stat. 2019.
  16. Improving Health in Slums Collaborative. A protocol for a multi-site, spatially-referenced household survey in slum settings: methods for access, sampling frame construction, sampling, and field data collection. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019; 109.
  17. Lilford RJ, Kyobutungi C, Ndugwa R, Sartori J, Watson SI, Sliuzas R, Kuffer M, Hofer TP, Porto de Albuquerque JP, Ezeh A. Because space matters: Conceptual framework to help distinguish slum from non-slum urban areas. BMJ Global Health 2019; 4:e001267.

[The above two articles were the subject of an Editorial in the Lancet. 2016;388:2057 and the series was also the subject of an article written for ‘The Conversation’ in 2016]