Our dual approach

UrbanBetter is a learning collaborative and advocacy platform.

We foster shared learning, knowledge exchange and public engagement, connecting and mobilising individuals, communities and organisations for healthy sustainable urban environments.

UrbanBetter

Oni et al.

Oni et al. is an urban health practice, designing health into cities. We work as technical partners on boundary-spanning science-informed solutions that integrate health into urban systems and environments.   We also offer advisory and speaking services, shaping norms to health-proof the future of cities globally.

Our dual approach to health-proofing the future of cities focuses on increasing the supply of healthy environments, by designing health into the fabric of cities and on building a youth-led movement to increase the demand for natural, built and social environments that make the healthy choice the easy sustainable choice.

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Join us to make the UrbanBetter, one breath at a time...

To celebrate the first UN International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies on 07 September 2020, Urban Better and Engage Africa Foundation are running a challenge.

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Planetary health conversations on building healthy sustainable diseases in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.

“The greatest threat to positive societal reset is not the challenges of the present but a stagnant mindset of impossibility.”

The inaugural Making the #UrbanBetter conversation, a joint event of University of Cambridge Wolfson College’s Global health and Sustainability and Conservation hubs, was convened on the 14th September to accelerate societal re-imagination of a different future, and to catalyse action to address health, social and planetary inequalities.

Core ideas
Public health
Public health

A healthy population is crucial for development, and most factors that influence health are in the environments where people live, study, work and play.

Urban epidemiology

A growing majority of people live in urban areas, making people working in urban sectors and systems de-facto health professionals.

Health foresight

Health foresight should be a central strategy for sustainable urban development for better infrastructure, better air, better food, better transport… better cities.

Science diplomacy

Interventions to create health in cities should be equitable, informed by science. Science diplomacy and boundary-spanning partnerships are vital to “transcend what is” towards health-proofed futures.

Youth

Youth can and must play a central role in effecting societal change, increasing the demand for healthy sustainable cities to make the urban better.

SDGs

To achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11 (resilient, inclusive, sustainable cities) and SDG 3 (health), a re-imagination of urban health governance is needed, focused on strengthening systems for health, an umbrella term for factors and systems that influence health.

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A healthy population is crucial for development, and most factors that influence health are in the environments where people live, study, work and play.

Urban epidemiology

A growing majority of people live in urban areas, making people working in urban sectors and systems custodians of health across communities.

Health foresight

Health foresight should be a central strategy for sustainable urban development for better infrastructure, better air, better food, better transport… better cities.

Science diplomacy

Interventions to create health in cities should be equitable, informed by science. Science diplomacy and boundary-spanning partnerships are vital to “transcend what is” towards health-proofed futures.

Youth

Youth can and must play a central role in effecting societal change, increasing the demand for healthy sustainable cities to make the urban better.

SDGs

To achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11 (resilient, inclusive, sustainable cities) and SDG 3 (health), a re-imagination of urban health governance is needed, focused on strengthening systems for health, an umbrella term for factors and systems that influence health.

Values and mission
We aspire for equitable access to health-enabling natural and built environments; conspire with & equip partners across sectors; and inspire to shift and shape norms to health-proof the future of cities.

Our mission is to create health in urban(ising) places.

Beyond healthcare, we design health into the physical and social urban infrastructure in rapidly developing cities.

We value Science-based, Equity-centred, Youth-privileged, and Africa-led approaches to healthy sustainable urban development.
Key Statistics

2050

By 2050, the world’s urban population is expected to nearly double, making urbanization one of the twenty-first century’s most transformative trends.

12.6 million

In 2012, 12.6 million people died globally as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment.

Air
pollution
kills

more Africans than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition.

03
in 10
people

worldwide lack access to safe, readily available water at home.

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