Outputs and impacts

On this page you can find out research and policy outputs and impacts. You can also explore our News pages for other stories about GDAR research and researchers.

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Study protocols


Academic publications


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.

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.


News and views

Heart health: design cities differently and it can help us live longer
Tolullah OniRizka MaulidaThe 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.

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.