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Axel Eriksson

Associate senior lecturer

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A call for action : Air Pollution, a serious health and economic hazard suffocating Africa


  • Christina Isaxon
  • Asmamaw Abera
  • Araya Asfaw
  • Solomon Bililign
  • Axel Eriksson
  • Ebba Malmqvist
  • Kedir Teji Roba

Summary, in English

Air pollution research has been conducted in Europe and North America as well as in Asia and South America for decades, but there has, so far, only been a limited amount of studies on air pollution and its health effects conducted in Africa. Until recently, global inventories of pollutants from North America Europe and Asia have been used for air quality and climate change modelling in Africa (Bond et al., 2004, Streets et al., 2004, Bond et al., 2007, Klimont et al., 2009, Klimont et al., 2013, Lamarque et al., 2010). Research in air pollution has, however, been lagging far behind in African countries, despite the increasing health and economic impact associated with air pollution in these nations, since systematic monitoring in Africa is often lacking. The health impact of air pollution in African cities has only been sparsely studied: a review from 2018 (Coker and Kizito, 2018) found only 3 studies outside South Africa. Earlier last year, a study showed that air pollution was responsible for 1.1 million deaths across Africa in 2019, with household air pollution—driven largely by solid biofuel used in indoor cook stoves—accounting for 697 000 fatalities (64% of the total), while increased outdoor air pollution claimed 394 000 lives (36% of the total) (Fisher et al., 2021).


  • Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
  • NanoLund: Center for Nanoscience
  • Metalund
  • Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University
  • Planetary Health
  • EpiHealth: Epidemiology for Health

Publishing year





Clean Air Journal





Document type

Journal article (comment)


National Association of Clean Air


  • Environmental Sciences



Research group

  • Planetary Health


  • ISSN: 1017-1703