The CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Unit will implement a rigorous and diverse program of research and capacity building to accelerate change under the SDGs time horizon of 2030, focussing on developing and supporting strategies under Sustainable Development Goal 7 in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Unit will positively impact health, environment, climate, and gender equality in partner countries by investigating technological innovations to support rapid, scaled transition to clean modern energy for households and institutions.
Much of the research will leverage cutting-edge technology to conduct simultaneous stove use monitoring and air pollution (AP) sampling to document the impacts of the adoption of clean energy.
CLEAN-Air(Africa) will investigate innovations with the potential to facilitate adoption and sustained use of clean cooking fuels for domestic cooks and achieve complete disadoption of polluting fuels, a behaviour associated with the greatest health and environmental benefits.
As well as quantifying health and environmental impacts using observational and experimental studies, the Unit will also examine hidden burdens related to gender inequality, cost savings, and food insecurity.
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CLEAN-Air(Africa) will uncover the hidden health burdens through a series of targeted research studies looking at burns, restricted lung function and HAP exposure.
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.