Why we need to make planetary health part of city design

People walk along a street in Mogadishu September 28, 2013. Street lamps now brighten some of Mogadishu's battle-scarred roads and couples hold hands at the seaside next to bombed-out beachfront buildings, a scene that would have been unthinkable when the Islamist al Shabaab group held sway here. However, rebuilding a life many in the world take for granted is a slow process after more than 20 years of civil war and anarchy in Somalia. Islamists, who control swathes of countryside and some towns, have launched several attacks in Mogadishu, and last month they showed their reach, claiming responsibility for a deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping mall. Picture taken September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA - Tags: CONFLICT POLITICS SOCIETY)ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 01 OF 48 FOR PACKAGE  'DAILY LIFE IN MOGADISHU' SEARCH 'MOGADISHU BEACHFRONT' FOR ALL IMAGES - GM1E9AH1BV001

How can Africa's cities be redesigned to improve rather than undermine health? Image: REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Tolu Oni
Clinical Professor of Global Public Health and Sustainable Urban Development, University of Cambridge
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