As built environment studies are conducted in more diverse environments, the measures need to be adapted. ALWAG in collaboration with IPEN is making progress on both self-report and observational environment measures. In 2014, ALWAG joined hands with IPEN to successfully complete data collection for the NEWS-Africa reliability study. Adewale Oyeyemi from Nigeria coordinated this multi-country in the African region. Data collection is still in progress and hoping to complete this year by April 6th 2015. Our team of research assistants are currently on the ground at Asesewa (under the leadership of Dr. Richmond Aryeetey) and Labone, Accra (under the leadership of Prof. Reginald Ocansey). Below is the research assistant group for Labone. they include, John Doku, George Gyamfi, Joshua Kabutey and Eugene Issaka.

The development of NEWS-Africa is an initiative of IPEN to stimulate and advance built environments research in the African region. After many months of meetings, discussions and careful adaptation, a version of NEWS-Africa was developed. Seven African countries are participating in the NEWS-Africa research and currently completing psychometrics evaluation studies on the NEWS-Africa survey, using common protocol.

Analyses of pooled data will commence soon and it is expected that multiple papers from Africa documenting the role of built environments on physical activity and sedentary behaviors shall be published.

The Principal Investigators (PIs) include:
1- Felix Assah (Cameroon)
2- Reginald Ocansey, Richmond Aryeetey (Ghana)
3- Vincent Onywera, Stella Muthuri and Joy Lucy-Wachira (Kenya)
4- Antonio Prista (Mozambique)
5- Kingsley Akinroye and Rufus Adedoyin (Nigeria)
6- Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Hanlie Moss, Clare Bartels and Vicky Lambert (South-Africa) and
7- Sandra Kasoma (Uganda)

The overall progress on the project cannot be divorced from the big support and leadership of Jim Sallis. Also, Mark Tremblay and Richard Larouche from the University of Ottawa in Canada for their invaluable contributions as members of the NEWS-Africa group.

Alwag GH's photo.
Alwag GH's photo. Alwag GH's photo.