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- Study protocols
- Academic publications
- Evidence and policy briefings
- News and views
- Other outputs featuring GDAR researchers
- Investigating the relationship between physical activity and social and community networks and social networking platforms/technologies in the Caribbean and Africa: a mixed methods review. Nadia Bennett, Marshall Tulloch-Reid, Ishtar Govia, Ian Hambleton, Faith McKoy-Johnson, Trevor Ferguson, Akil Williams, Tiffany Palmer, Louise Foley, Eleanor Turner-Moss, Lisa Ware, Felix Assah, Camille Mba
- Impacts of a New Supermarket on Dietary Behavior and the Local Foodscape in Kisumu, Kenya: Protocol for a Mixed Methods, Natural Experimental Study. Louise Foley, Oliver Francis, Rosemary Musuva, Ebele RI Mogo, Eleanor Turner-Moss, Pamela Wadende, Vincent Were, Charles Obonyo. JMIR Res Protoc 2020;9(12):e17814. doi:10.2196/17814
- Adolescent Levers for a Diet and Physical Activity Intervention Across Socioecological Levels in Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, and Jamaica: Mixed Methods Study Protocol. Odunitan-Wayas FA, Wadende P, Mogo ERI, Brugulat-Panés A, Micklesfield LK, Govia I, Mapa-Tassou C, Mukoma G, Smith JA, Motlhalhedi M, Wasnyo Y, Were V, Assah F, Okop KJ, Norris SA, Obonyo C, Mbanya JC, Tulloch-Reid MK, King AC, Lambert EV, Oni T. JMIR Res Protoc 2021;10(7):e26739 doi: 10.2196/26739. PMID: 34255729
- Cycling behaviour in 17 countries across 6 continents: levels of cycling, who cycles, for what purpose, and how far? Rahul Goel, Anna Goodman, Rachel Aldred, Ryota Nakamura, Lambed Tatah, Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia, Belen Zapata-Diomedi, Thiago Herick de Sa, Geetam Tiwari, Audrey de Nazelle, Marko Tainio, Ralph Buehler, Thomas Götschi & James Woodcock. Transport Reviews, 2021 doi:10.1080/01441647.2021.1915898
- Availability and advertising of sugar sweetened beverages in South African public primary schools following a voluntary pledge by a major beverage company: a mixed methods study. Agnes Erzse, Nicola Christofides, Nicholas Stacey, Kelsey Lebard, Louise Foley & Karen Hofman. Global Health Action, 2021. doi:10.1080/16549716.2021.1898130
- Evidence for factors associated with diet and physical activity in African and Caribbean countries. Eleanor Turner-Moss, Ahmed Razavi, Nigel Unwin
& Louise Foley on behalf of the Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network. Bull World Health Organ 2021;99:464–472I | doi:10.2471/BLT.20.269308
- The global diet and activity research (GDAR) network: a global public health partnership to address upstream NCD risk factors in urban low and middle-income contexts. Tolu Oni, Felix Assah, Agnes Erzse, Louise Foley, Ishtar Govia, Karen J. Hofman, Estelle Victoria Lambert, Lisa K. Micklesfield, Maylene Shung-King, Joanne Smith, Eleanor Turner-Moss, Nigel Unwin, Pamela Wadende, James Woodcock, Jean Claude Mbanya, Shane A. Norris, Charles O. Obonyo, Marshall Tulloch-Reid, Nicholas J. Wareham & on behalf of the GDAR network. Globalization and Health 2020. doi: 10.1186/s12992-020-00630-y
- Implications of COVID-19 control measures for diet and physical activity, and lessons for addressing other pandemics facing rapidly urbanising countries. Tolu Oni, Lisa K. Micklesfield, Pamela Wadende, Charles O. Obonyo, James Woodcock, Ebele R. I. Mogo, Feyisayo A. Odunitan-Wayas, Felix Assah, Lambed Tatah, Louise Foley, Clarisse Mapa-Tassou, Divya Bhagtani, Amy Weimann, Camille Mba, Nigel Unwin, Anna Brugulat-Panés, Karen J. Hofman, Joanne Smith, Marshall Tulloch-Reid, Agnes Erzse, Maylene Shung-King, Estelle V. Lambert & Nicholas J. Wareham. Global Health Action 2020. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2020.1810415
- A Systematised Review of the Health Impact of Urban Informal Settlements and Implications for Upgrading Interventions in South Africa, a Rapidly Urbanising Middle-Income Country. Amy Weinman and Tolu Oni. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2019 Sep 26;16(19):3608. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16193608.
- Understanding the rise of cardiometabolic diseases in low- and middle-income countries. J. Jaime Miranda, Tonatiuh Barrientos-Gutiérrez, Camila Corvalan, Adnan A. Hyder, Maria Lazo-Porras, Tolu Oni & Jonathan C. K. Wells. Nature Medicine volume 25, pages1667–1679(2019)
- Developing a participatory approach to building a coalition of transdisciplinary actors for healthy urban planning in African cities – a case study of Douala, Cameroon. Amy Weimann, Blaise Nguendo-Yongsi, Christopher Foka, Uilrich Waffo, Pamela Carbajal, Remy Sietchiping & Tolu On. Cities and Health 2019. doi: 10.1080/23748834.2020.1741966
- A citizen science approach to determine perceived barriers and promoters of physical activity in a low-income South African community
Feyisayo A. Odunitan-Wayas, Nicola Hamann, Nandipha A. Sinyanya, Abby C. King, Ann Banchoff, Sandra J. Winter, Sharief Hendricks, Kufre J. Okop & Estelle V. Lambert. Global Public Health 2020 doi: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1712449
Evidence and policy briefings
Building Resilient Health Systems: Policies for Inclusive Health Systems in Post-COVID-19 Africa
Bolder Action for Health in Africa
From Building Health Systems to Building Systems for Health for NCD prevention
Policy Brief disseminated at WHO Africa Health Summit 26-28 March 2019.
- Bolder Action for Health in Africa: from Building Health Systems to Building Systems for Health for NCD prevention (pdf). Oni T, Mogo E, Ahmed A, Ebikeme C, Thomas Y, Weimann A, Davies J.
The African Academic Consortium on Physical Activity for Health
Physical Activity in COVID-19 and beyond
The African Academic Consortium on Physical Activity for Health is a group of more than 40 academics, researchers and implementation partners from 9 countries in the African region. The policy briefs are endorsed by the African Physical Activity Network (AFPAN) and supported by the Western Cape Government Department of Health.
- POLICY BRIEF: Physical Activity for Health in Africa: Guidance during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic (pdf).
- POLICY BRIEF Physical activity and health for children and adolescents in Africa: COVID-19 and beyond, for home, schools and communities (pdf)
- Physical Activity for Health in Africa webinar, held 22 September 2020
News and views
Heart health: design cities differently and it can help us live longer
Tolullah Oni, Rizka Maulida. The Conversation, 9 July 2021
South Africa must ban sugary drinks sales in schools. Self regulation is failing.
Agnes Erzse, Karen Hofman and Nicola Christofides. The Conversation, 16 May 2021
Turning the tide
GDAR teams up with NCD Alliance and BBC StoryWorks as part of short film series. February 2020
Kisumu: from hypermarket to household. How will changes in the food environment affect communities in Kenya?
Article in epigram the newsletter of the MRC Epidemiology Unit, which coordinates GDAR. September 2019
Global diet and health
GDAR and MRC Epidemiology Unit researchers discuss fresh evidence from a huge global study. April 2019
Other outputs featuring GDAR researchers
The Right to Healthy Environments and Space for Physical Exercise
Tolu Oni, Vicki Lambert, and Kent Buse. Health and Human Rights Journal, 8 December 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a global humanitarian crisis, the nature of which has brought health and economic disparities sharply into focus and opened a wide-ranging human rights dialogue. This includes tensions between individual and collective rights to health (quarantine, movement restrictions, and shelter-in-place laws); the balance between the right to health and the right to education (with school closures) or to earn a living wage; and maintaining access to healthcare for non-COVID conditions. Read the full article.
COVID-19 prevention information translated into several widely spoken African languages
An Engage Africa Foundation translation team led by Ebele Mogo, a member of the Global Diet and Activity Research (GDAR) Network, has translated information on preventing the transmission of COVID-19 into 19 languages spoken across Africa.
- Select a language, click, and download at www.engageafricafoundation.org/covid-19
- Found in Translation – University of Cambridge Stories article on the crowdsourced volunteer translation initiative led by Dr Ebele Mogo and the Engage Africa Foundation.
Slum Health: Arresting COVID-19 & Improving Well-Being in Urban Informal Settlements
Tolu Oni was part of an international team of reseachers that pre-published a set of practice and policy recommendations that aim to dampen the spread of COVID-19, improve the likelihood of medical care for the urban poor whether or not they get infected, and provide economic, social and physical improvements and protections to the urban poor that can improve their long-term well-being.
- Read Jason Corburn, David Vlahov, Blessing Mberu, Lee Riley, Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa et al. Slum Health: Arresting COVID-19 & Improving Well-Being in Urban Informal Settlements. Journal of Urban Health (2020) 97, 348–357.