Health problems stemming from environmental and occupational hazards and climate change are escalating in East Africa, a region already challenged by malnutrition, poverty and infectious diseases. Pollution resulting from urbanization and industrialization is a growing concern.
The GEOHealth Hub is a research and training center focused on environmental and occupational health in eastern Africa.
The project grew from a joint planning grant awarded to the University of Southern California and Addis Ababa University by the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program through the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. The GEOHealth initiative is overseen by the NIH to pair institutions in the United States and in low- or middle-income countries to plan research, training and curriculum development that address and inform health policy issues.
The international partnership will strengthen current training, research and policymaking at Addis Ababa University, governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations in Ethiopia and other regions in eastern Africa.
The Hub focuses on three targeted areas:
- Indoor and outdoor air quality
- Occupational health, with emphasis on agriculture
- Climate change
The hub will broaden its activities across eastern Africa through both the AAU-based Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center and USC’s collaborations in the region.