Pollution is the deadliest environmental health hazard on the planet, yet South Africa remains the only sub-Saharan African country with an air-quality monitoring program. Researchers with the Eastern African GEOHealth hub are starting to fill that data gap.
The collaboration between the University of Southern California and Addis Ababa University is measuring pollutants in Ugandan schools and tracking students' lung function. The air monitors moved from Addis Abbaba to Kampala, and then will head to Kenya and Rwanda.
Researchers have found that in sub-Saharan Africa, particulate matter levels can be higher than in European or North American cities, and often come from a different source: indoor, biomass-burning stoves.