Tolu Oni is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town. As a Public Health Medical Specialist and Urban Epidemiologist, she is a passionate advocate of health equity and health in all policies. Her research aims to contribute significantly to existing knowledge on the changing patterns of disease and implications for health and wellbeing of the population in the context of urbanization.As a member and previous co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), she works actively to encourage public engagement to translate research findings into policy and practice. She serves on the Academy of Science of South Africa Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty; and recently co-organised the 2nd SAYAS symposium on Science and Society in Africa, themed: Fact, Fiction and Media: re-imagining science engagement and its impact (http://fact-fiction-media-science.tumblr.com/). She strives to actively promote a coordinated approach to engagement with other scientific and societal communities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Global South to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal challenges. She is a Next Einstein Forum Fellow (http://nef.org/nef-fellows/), and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare. She was selected as an inaugural Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies Iso Lomso Fellow; and aims to promote science and research as key drivers of development in Africa
Governments need to develop health equity surveillance systems to overcome the current lack of data.