Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, and Air Quality Improvement for Anglophone and Francophone West Africa

Lead PI: Dr. Daniel M. Westervelt , Dr. Jacqueline M. Klopp , Dr. Steven N. Chillrud , Darby Jack

Unit Affiliation: Ocean and Climate Physics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

September 2021 - August 2024
Active
Africa ; Burkina Faso ; Ghana ; Nigeria
Project Type: Outreach

DESCRIPTION: Air pollution is responsible for around 7 million premature deaths and a host of illnesses in the world’s cities each year. This is especially true in West Africa, where sparse air pollution monitoring imparts high uncertainty to estimates of exposure and impact. To address this problem, we propose an internationally-supported West African community of practice that unites scientists, decision-makers, city administrators, citizen groups, the private sector, and other air quality advocates and practitioners in developing new methods and best practices to hasten synthesis and implementation of air quality management plans and clean air solutions. This will be accomplished via capacity building, continuous monitoring, health and policy analysis, and sharing of experiences and lessons learned.

SPONSOR:

Department of State

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$439,560

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COLLABORATORS:

Mailman school of public health