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Measuring the healthiness of Ghanaian children’s food environments to prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent the leading cause of death globally and were responsible for 70% of the world's 56 million deaths in 2015. In some African countries, NCDs cause more than 50% of all reported adult deaths. In Ghana, that figure was 44%. In recognition of this increasing burden, Ghana has published a national NCD prevention policy and accompanying strategy, which recognize interventions to promote healthy diets as crucial. Specifically, there are recent indications from local policymakers in Ghana that tackling unhealthy food promotion and improving food provision would be the most likely actions to address the problem of obesity and NCD risk factors, especially in children and adolescents.

These policymakers, however, acknowledge that food environment-related responses to NCD prevention are hampered by scarce resources, paucity of data, and lack of appropriate policies and interventions in Ghana. Focusing on restricting unhealthy food marketing to children and improving school nutrition environments, this project will adapt approaches developed by the International Network for Food and Obesity NCDs Research Monitoring and Action Support for Ghana to measure, benchmark, and support public sector actions that create healthy food marketing and provision environments for children and adolescents.

Project ID
108983
Project Status
Active
Duration
36 months
IDRC Officer
Samuel Oji Oti
Total Funding
CA$ 521,300.00
Location
Ghana
Programs
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Food, Environment, and Health
Institution Country
Ghana
Project Leader
Amos Laar
Institution
University of Ghana

Outputs

Article

Providing measurement, evaluation, accountability, and leadership support for NCDs prevention in Ghana : adapting the INFORMAS approach

Paper

How healthy are our supermarkets? availability of healthy and unhealthy, ultra-processed foods in supermarkets of selected districts of greater Accra region, Ghana

Paper

Improving nutrition, unlocking potential, and accelerating change in Africa : the role of measurement, evaluation, accountability, and leadership support (MEALS)

Paper

Heavy marketing of energy-dense nutrient-poor foods around public basic schools in greater Accra region, Ghana