The journal Nature featured the Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub in an article April 11, highlighting the hub’s ongoing research to generate regional data on the health effects of air pollution.
Health scientists at USC to lay the groundwork for air pollution and health research in their countries.
Working to save lives through prevention and policy, eastern African researchers trained with expert environmental health scientists at USC to lay the groundwork for air pollution and health research in their countries. Continue reading USC training launches a new era of air pollution health research in eastern Africa
The recently established Global Environmental and Occupational Health Hub for Eastern Africa launched Jan. 3-5, 2016, at the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre headquarters at the Gullele Botanical Garden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Lead investigators representing eastern Africa partner institutions in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, as well as the University of Southern California, attended the meeting.
During the three-day launch the team aimed to finalize publications and disseminate findings from the recently concluded situational analysis and needs assessments conducted in all four partner countries to re-enforce common understanding of issues including indoor/outdoor air pollution and health, occupational health and safety, and climate change and health.
The lead institution for eastern Africa is Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, while the partner institutions comprise Uganda’s Makerere University; Rwanda’s University of Rwanda; and Kenya’s Massai Mara University, University of Kabianga, and Great Lakes University of Kisumu.
The GEOHealth Hub was established through a joint $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre. It is part of a network of seven hubs from around the world funded through the same mechanism. The other hubs are based in Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Peru, Suriname and Ghana.
We are honored to join the GEOHealth Network as the Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub. Our teams at the University of Southern California Institute for Global Health and Addis Ababa University are grateful to be jointly supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre.
Please see the following announcements and articles for detailed information about our hub moving forward:
- NIH: US and Canada partner to invest $21 million for research hubs in developing countries
- NIH Fogarty International Center: US and Canada partner to invest $21 million for environmental and occupational health research hubs in developing countries
- USC News: USC to partner on air pollution and health study in Eastern Africa
- Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network: AAU and Partner Receive $3 Million for Research and Training
- Pasadena Star-News: Why USC air pollution researchers are studying air, children’s lungs in Africa
Researcher Worku Tefera visited USC Environmental Health in May 2014 to learn about the types of air pollution monitoring conducted as part of the Children’s Health Study. The training will kick-start a similar air pollution monitoring network that will be set up in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. “Pollution is boundary-less,” said Tefera, who is also studying for a PhD at USC under the direction of Dr. Frank Gilliland.
Training was provided by USC staff Suresh Ratnam and Steve Howland and faculty members Kiros Berhane, Frank Gilliland and Scott Fruin.
USC, in partnership with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, received a joint planning grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last month to establish a research and training hub focused on environmental and occupational health in East Africa.
The Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Institute for Global Health applied to the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program, an initiative 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 addresses and informs health policy issues.
USC received a $200,000 grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health to begin planning a new Global Environmental and Occupational Health hub in Ethiopia.
Along with Addis Ababa University’s School of Public Health, the Department of Preventative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and the USC Institute for Global Health will spend the next two years working closely with their Ethiopian collaborators to plan a center that will investigate health problems stemming from environmental issues.