UrbanBetter Cityzens

Citizen scientists for planetary health.

The UrbanBetter Cityzens initiative is developing participatory youth-centred interventions to support healthy, climate-resilient environments in rapidly growing cities. With a focus on the air we breathe, our places and spaces and the food we eat, the citizen science initiative is harnessing urban development for planetary health. 

Community of Practice

ISUH Africa
Community of Practice.

The Africa Action Group of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) brings together scholarly, government, non-governmental, private sector and community-based actors in/of the African continent to exchange knowledge and practices to advance urban health and promote health equity in the region.  

Healthy green buildings

Healthy green building initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa.

This state-of-the art review (a structured review of research studies) to identify publications or information on green building initiatives that have been conducted in sub-Saharan Africa with the aim to identify and describe green building initiatives that have been implemented in Sub-Saharan African countries, to explore the green building certifications or guidelines that have been used to rate the initiatives and to identify the health considerations expressed within these certification and guideline systems.

Health in Human Settlements

Integrating data on health and human settlements to inform intersectoral action for health.

The aim of the study was to assess whether such data integration could help to identify which areas should be prioritised for intervention based on the health profiles of the population and to explore whether this could also inform the choice of informal settlement upgrading intervention implemented in order to improve both human and environmental health.

NCD risk in Adolescents with HIV

Investigating NCDs and NCD risk factors in adolescents and youth living with HIV in peri-urban Cape Town, South Africa.

The aim of this study was to better understand the interlinkages between HIV and NCDs when they co-exist (also known as co-morbidity) in adolescents and youth living with HIV (AYLHIV) in peri-urban South Africa.

Nourishing Spaces

Measuring adolescent dietary and physical activity behaviour in low- and middle-income countries

The aim of this study was to synthesize what is known about methods to measure diet and physical activity behaviours and environments in cities in low- and middle-income countries.


The Informal Appropriation of Public Space for Leisure Physical Activity in Lagos and Yaounde (ALPhA)

The ALPhA study explores ways that public space is being appropriated for physical activity in Lagos, Nigeria and Yaoundé, Cameroon.


Integrating health into human settlements policy (LIRA study)

The LIRA study explores the knowledge, attitudes and practices of intersectoral collaboration between health and human settlements sectors among policymakers in Cape Town and Douala.


Our work involves finding solutions that are affordable and created in partnership with local communities.

The goal of the Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) group and network is to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease in cities in low and middle-income countries.

GDAR builds on the expertise and knowledge of research in several countries in Africa and Latin American and Caribbean regions as well as the UK.

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