Changemaker – Promoting co-designed sustainable health interventions with young changemakers for reduced risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in urban Burkina Faso, Kenya and Tanzania


Sustainable health, adolescents, education, nutrition


Tanzania, Kenya, Burkina Faso


Changemaker addresses the increasing epidemic of adolescent obesity in urban sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims at co-designing, implementing, and evaluating the effects and the processes of a comprehensive sustainable health intervention in three exemplary sites: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Kisumu, Kenya. Ina Danquah and her team are coordinating this project together with Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and are responsible for the impact evaluation.


The sustainable health intervention comprises of four evidence-based strategies: 1) urban farming in schools with satellite farms and organic waste composting, 2) sustainable health modules for classrooms, 3) linking to healthcare workers through health talks using motivational interviewing techniques, and 4) WHO Best Buys: Mass media campaign. Three cluster-RCTs in secondary schools, within the framework of urban Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems, implementation and process evaluation and cost-effective evaluation.

Main Cooperation Partners

  • Prof. Kristi Sydney-Annerstedt, Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dr. Ali Sié, Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna (CRSN), Nouna, Burkina Faso
  • Dr. Abdramane Soura, Institute Supérieure des Sciences de la Population, University of Ouagadougou (ISSP), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Prof. Pilvikki Absetz, Tampere University (TAU), Tampere, Finnland
  • Prof. Marleen Temmerman, Aga Khan University (AKU), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sharon Chacha, Food Security for Peace and Nutrition (FSPN), Kenya
  • Susan Adhiambo, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (DALF), Kisumu, Kenya
  • Dr. Alice Ojwang Achieng, The Technical University of Kenya (TUK), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Prof. Mary Mwanyika Sando, Africa Academy for Public Health (AAPH), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Prof. Bruno Sunguya, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Prof. Wafaie Fawzi, Harvard Global Research and Support Services Inc. (Harvard), Boston, USA
Main Funding Partners

European Commission: Horizon Europe


Duration of the Project

4 years (01 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2027)


  • Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah
  • Dr. Raissa Sorgho
  • Grace Wothaya Kihagi (candidate PhD)


Ina Danquah

Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah


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