Citizen scientists for planetary health.
The UrbanBetter Cityzens initiative is working towards developing participatory youth-centred interventions to support healthy, climate-resilient environments in rapidly growing cities for better air, better infrastructure, better health, and a better, healthy and climate-resilient African future.
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 Epidemiology in Adolescents Living 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.
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.