The planning profession first developed to meet the public health challenge of controlling infectious disease. That led to planning developments such as central water and sewer services, designated land uses and better improvements to industrial processes.
Today planners continue to address health concerns in the form of challenges such as chronic disease and skyrocketing healthcare costs. The intersections of these issues with ones such as climate change and energy conservation mean that promoting healthy communities is bound up with nearly all aspects of the built environments that planners help create.
Kenya Institute of Planners unites cross-sector efforts to promote healthy built environments, and translates research into tools to support policy-makers, public health officials, planners and developers in creating more health-promoting communities across Kenya.