The NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Unit has sponsored development of an Air Pollution Centre of Excellence housed at KEMRI’s Centre for Respiratory Disease Research in Nairobi.
The Centre includes a state-of-the-art air quality measurement and processing laboratory including Africa’s first Robotic Weighing System for gravimetric mass measurements of particulate matter (PM).
The Centre will be able to measure and process a range of health damaging air pollutants including PM (e.g. PM1, PM2.5, PM10), carbon monoxide (CO), black carbon (BC) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
The images below show the monitoring equipment used by the Centre.
The Centre benefits from trained research staff and technicians in the management, measurement and analysis of air pollution emissions, concentrations and exposure.
It will initially support CLEAN-Air(Africa) in conducting its air quality processing for research activities, and will ultimately service academic, research, public and private organisations across sub-Saharan Africa to measure and process their own air quality samples.
It will also offer classroom and field-based training in the measurement of air pollution.
This research was funded by the NIHR (NIHR134530) using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the UK government.