Air pollution continues to kill in Africa

A recent report published by the scientific journal The Lancet says so. Only seven countries on the African continent constantly monitor the concentrations of pollutants in the air. The most positive trends from 2000 to 2019 in Ethiopia and Nigeria


Only seven African countries have reliable air quality monitoring systems in place. This is stated by a recent study published by the scientific journal The Lancet on May 17, entitled Pollution and health: a progress update. The survey shows that in 2019, globally, Pollution was responsible for the premature death of nearly nine million people. Deaths are mainly due to the poor quality of the air we breathe.

This is an alarming trend that can together only be changed if air pollution levels are constantly monitored, which does not happen, especially in sub-Saharan African countries.


In Africa, only seven out of 54 African countries have ground-based air quality sensing systems. These include South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. In many other countries, instead, more use is made of satellite images, which, if not cross-referenced with data collected by systems installed on the ground, cannot provide sufficiently precise information.

The consequence of these shortcomings is that too many people continue to die in Africa from traditional pollutants: carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, total suspended dust, nitrogen dioxide, and benzene.


The uncontrolled industrialization and urbanization processes affecting African megalopolises for decades are instead causing an increase in deaths caused by modern pollutants, which has been 66% since 2000 worldwide.

Suppose economic powers such as China and India have invested heavily in recent years to reduce the air pollution associated with these processes. In that case, the same cannot be said for African countries.


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2)Transport; choose products without packaging;

3) Ecologically clean the house;

4) Avoid buying plastic bottles;

5)Do not waste water;

6)Use high energy efficiency systems (class A, low impact lighting) and energy produced from renewable sources;

7)Learn to divide waste with careful separate collection;

8)Choose organic and zero km food


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