About CLEAN-Air(Africa)

The NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Unit is a collaboration of international experts in environmental public health from the UK, Kenya, Cameroon, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda.  The partnership implements research, health systems strengthening, and capacity-building activities across the five focus countries with the explicit objective to address the health burden from household and institutional air pollution from reliance on polluting solid fuels (e.g., wood, charcoal, coal, and biomass) and kerosene.

CLEAN-Air(Africa) aims to provide policy-relevant evidence to raise population awareness of the issue and to support prevention through the transition to clean fuels and energy for cooking.

CLEAN-Air(Africa): Main Aims

Key activities under CLEAN-Air(Africa)

The Unit builds on research, capacity and health systems strengthening initiated under the NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group in Cameroon, Kenya and Ghana. The Group was launched in 2018 and has achieved significant impact since this time in three key areas to address the global public health burden from reliance on polluting solid fuels and kerosene for household energy.

Exposure to household air pollution

Using state of the art monitoring equipment to quantify adult and child health impacts from exposure to air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels

Clean Cooking with LPG - Cameroon

Transition to clean cooking

Identifying and addressing barriers to cooking with clean fuels. Informing clean energy policy in sub-Saharan Africa.


Strengthening health systems

Training clinical and community health workforces in primary and secondary prevention of household air pollution.

Where we work