Protecting the health of vulnerable city residents during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond

Honor Bixby Blog

The 19th century notion of cities as spectres of ill-health re-emerged early in the Covid-19 pandemic. The density of people in cities was thought of as synonymous with disease transmission, with urban hotspots emerging in many countries. Since then, evidence undermining the link between density and disease has accumulated. The underlying vulnerability of cities has not been their critical mass …

The water hunt: Unreliable water supply in low-income communities of Accra

Jacob Tetteh Blog

Access to potable water supports life and improves well-being. However, household access to potable and uninterrupted drinking water supply continues to elude communities throughout Accra as well as its neighbouring towns. This commodity is essential for the survival of Accra’s residents, and the absence of reliable water threatens their very existence. As Ghana becomes increasingly urbanized, and its population increases …

Enhancing walkability in Accra                                                                        

Dina Adjei Boadi Blog

Walking is universally considered as healthy and is a prerequisite of mobility: moving from one place to another often starts and finishes with a walk. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), walking is the most popular means of transport across the world; however, data on walkability worldwide are scarce since in the past “walking has not been seriously considered …

Accra! Accra! Accra! – The chorus of accessibility                                      

Elvis Kyere-Gyeabour Blog

The city of Accra The city of Accra, like most cities in developing countries, is a city with a constantly changing boundary driven by population growth, migration and urban sprawl. Over the years, the city of Accra has been referred to as the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) due to the fast-expanding nature of the city to encompass the emerging …

Pathways consortium meeting on health and social inequalities goes online

Alicia Cavanaugh Blog

In March 2021, researchers from 6 countries in the Pathways consortium came together to share on-going work related to health and socioeconomic inequalities across the project’s five study cities. While typically held in person, we moved the meeting online rather than postpone for a second year running. This meeting fostered a consortium-wide discussion on how we can use interdisciplinary scientific …

Light for health                                                                                                               

Beth Solomon Blog

Today, our home environments have become more relevant than ever as we have all been forced to “stay at home” to reduce our interactions with one another, and consequently decrease disease transmission. As such, it has become even more critical that we understand how we can make our home a healthier environment that is conducive for both wellbeing and work. …

The equity of road pricing                                                                                      

Kate Hosford Blog

Road pricing is increasingly being considered by cities as a strategy to manage congestion, meet climate targets, and support transport infrastructure. A handful of cities including Singapore, London, Stockholm, and Milan have already implemented large-scale road pricing systems. Most of these systems are implemented as cordon-based systems, where drivers have to pay to enter a cordoned area – usually located …

A picture is worth a thousand data points                                                        

Barbara Metzler Blog

Finding correlations between objects detected in Street View images and socio-economic outcomes in an urban environment. Wandering through the streets of London, we often have quite a good intuition for whether a certain part of the city is well-off or not. Whether it’s the number of fancy cars, people in suits, or the density of Waitrose supermarkets, we find that …

Green schools, green cities, healthy generations                                                                          

Niloofar Shoari Blog

My most treasured memories of childhood go back to the times my friends and I played in our backyards or on our streets. During the summer, we played outdoors every single day. We made up our plays, rode our bikes, played hopscotch, and made new friends. Watching cartoons was limited to a maximum of one hour per day. However, things …

Presenting Pathways research at the Planetary Health Alliance Conference, Stanford, USA

Sarah Alli Blog

By Abosede Sarah Alli and Jacob Doku Tetteh The 2019 Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) Annual Meeting held at Stanford University, California, USA brought together about 500 participants from more than 40 countries united by a common goal of building a strong, global and interdisciplinary community mobilized for urgent and equitable planetary health action. The PHA is a consortium of over …