GDAR is working to deliver high quality, novel and policy-relevant research within a relatively short time period. Our aim is that work will also lay the foundations for a well-functioning Network that is capable of attracting funding to be sustained beyond June 2020.
The priorities for research have been set jointly with our partners and informed by consultation with their stakeholders. Leadership for different aspects of the research, and activities to build capacity, are shared according to expertise across the whole network.
As well as helping to develop interventions to improve diet and promote physical activity that are relevant to the local context of Network partners, much our research will take place across two or more partner countries, to take advantage of having access to different settings and addressing questions on how different (or not) the determinants of diet and physical activity are in those settings.
Our research will also seek to find more generalisable answers to questions that could be relevant to initiatives to improve health across low and middle income settings beyond the Network.
The current Work Packages in the GDAR research portfolio are:
- Evidence review and synthesis. This work involves the identification and review of published and grey literature from Africa and the Caribbean to investigate the determinants of diet and physical activity in low and middle income country (LMICs).
- Transport and Health Modelling. This study is focused on the potential for modelling within each of the partners’ settings, the health impacts of current travel patterns, and of potential changes in those impacts if travel patterns were changed.
- Interventions for diet and physical activity in adolescents. This study aims to identify a system of factors that can be leveraged to improve health outcomes.
- Mapping the policy environments and processes relevant to the determinants of NCDs across African and Caribbean settings.
- An assessment of the food environment in primary schools in Gauteng following a voluntary pledge by a large beverage company to remove their products and advertising from the schools.
- Hypermarket, foodscape and health. This study concerns a natural experimental evaluation of the impacts of a new hypermarket in Kisumu, Kenya, on food shopping practices, dietary behaviours, physical activity patterns and nutritional status in local residents.