There's urgent need to reduce Uganda's air pollution to prevent over 3,000 related deaths annually especially among children; and reduce global warming. Kampala city is heavily polluted courtesy of road transport, industrial and domestic reliance on fossil fuels and unclean energy sources amidst weak regulations on emissions. By raising community-based awareness, training and lobbying, this project will improve environmental health for all with focus on saving infants plus our planet.
Air pollution is a leading preventable cause of death globally. Infants, in developing nations face it worse. World Health Organization estimates over 90% children to breathe toxic air daily while in Uganda, 60 per 1,000 live births die. Local road transport is the leading cause of air pollution before industry and domestic reliance on fossil fuels; worsened by poor maintenance and unclean energy sources. Our project will reduce air pollution and children's exposure in schools and hospitals.
At community levels, we raise awareness in the Kampala metropolitan area about air pollution with its health and ecological effects while building capacity for mitigation through training. Special attention is laid onto local mechanics, motorists and people with businesses that rely on fossil fuels and unclean energy sources. Protection of children from exposure to polluted air is a key objective but we also highlight the connection between air pollution and climate change.
Over 3million Ugandans especially infants within the Kampala will live healthier lives courtesy of reduced air pollution. The project will step up the fight against climate change as awareness and the general public's attitude towards environmental protection improve. Through our advocacy activities, there will be improved government action on the much neglected environmental health. The project as a first of its kind in the region, it will be replicated in other developing nations.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).