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Policy Brief No.4 A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO URBAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING HAS COME OF AGE IN AFRICA

Dec 24, 2018

Tolu Oni


Key messages


1. Health is a central part of development, but the majority of factors that influence health lie outside the health sector.


2. Rapid urbanisation across Africa is resulting in changing exposures which influence health, often negatively, but can be harnessed for health creation.


3. To achieve the African Union‘s Agenda 2063 vision of shared wellbeing, new approaches to improving health and wellbeing are needed.


4. Such approaches will require coordination between health and non-health sectors to ensure Healthy Public Policies.


5. Systems approaches address the complex web of inter-related factors that influence health in cities, promote new forms of intersectoral dialogue and data sharing, and provide tool kits to develop intersectoral health promotion plans and interventions. 


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