AirQo Participatory Air Quality Monitoring in Kampala, Uganda | About Us

Why are we interested in air quality monitoring?

Our Ambition:

The ambition of this project is to develop and deploy a network of low-cost air quality sensing devices mounted on either selected static locations or on boda-bodas (motorcycle taxis) to produce a detailed and near real-time map of air pollution. This will provide insights into the sources and scale of air pollution in Kampala, Uganda.

We aim to:

  1. Make urban citizens aware about air pollution problem, its associated health risks and strategies to minimize exposure
  2. Develop low-cost tools and methods that can be used by city authorities to do regular monitoring of air pollution in urban areas
  3. Generate new knowledge about the linkage between air pollution and respiratory diseases
  4. Create new knowledge about the sources and the magnitude of air pollution in Kampala
  5. Influence policy using evidence-based knowledge so as to better regulate, contain, reduce and manage air pollution in Kampala

What are we measuring?

We aim to to cover a range of major health damaging pollutants including:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the USA has been identified these as the major pollutants that pose the greatest risk to human health.

Our Team

Here is the team at AirQo .

Wabinyai Fidel Raja

Programmer

Wabinyai Fidel Raja

Pius Kavuma

Manufacturing Design

Pius Kavuma

Joel Ssematimba

Hardware Engineer

Joel Ssematimba

Engineer Bainomugisha

PI

Engineer Bainomugisha

Michael Smith

Co-PI

Michael Smith