Air Pollution Centre of Excellence

Air Pollution Centre of Excellence

The NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Unit has sponsored the 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), highlighted in the images below:

The need for the Air Pollution Centre of Excellence and its state-of-the-art facilities are shown in this video.

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State of the art air pollution sensing equipment

The Centre will be able to measure and process a range of health-damaging air pollutants, including PM (e.g., PM1, PM2.5, and PM10), carbon monoxide (CO), black carbon (BC), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The images below show the monitoring equipment used by the Centre.

The Training Centre

The Centre benefits from trained research staff and technicians in the management, measurement, and analysis of air pollution emissions, concentrations, and exposures. It will initially support CLEAN-Air(Africa) in conducting its air quality processing for research activities.

It will ultimately serve academic, research, and public and private organisations across sub-Saharan Africa to measure and process their air quality samples. It will also offer classroom and field-based training in measuring air pollution.