More than a third of the population in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are currently classified as urban dwellers. This proportion is predicted to increase to more than 50% by 2035. Rapid urbanisation in SSA has been linked to poverty and a growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes and heart disease.
We are assessing the impact of urbanisation on health in SSA. Using individual, household and community level data spanning environmental, physical, behavioural, and biological indices, we are devising a tool to capture levels of urbanisation within countries from the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research (link to SRL APCDR section). We are also exploring the interrelation among urbanisation, development and and health in SSA.