The ARCED Foundation, University of California San Diego and the National University of Singapore have partnered to conduct a pilot study examining the impact of air purifiers on indoor air quality in households in Dhaka. The study aims to determine the air quality within homes in Dhaka and evaluate the effectiveness of air purifiers in improving it. By participating in the study, households can contribute to the expansion of scientific understanding and potentially improve the air quality in their own homes.
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HOUSEHOLD AIR FILTER PILOT SURVEY
Air pollution is a major global health threat, particularly in South Asia where it is responsible for 2 million premature deaths annually. The negative effects of air pollution on human health have been well documented, but effective strategies for mitigating these effects, especially in low and middle-income countries, are scarce. Indoor air purifiers are a promising option for reducing the impact of air pollution on health, but there is a lack of knowledge about how to effectively promote their use on a large scale. In Bangladesh, the effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, are particularly severe, leading many to move to cities in search of safety. However, these cities often have high levels of air pollution, which can be harmful, especially to vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and pregnant women. This highlights the interdependence of air pollution and climate change and the importance of understanding and implementing measures to protect against air pollution to both improve public health and facilitate adaptation to climate change.
The goal of this pilot study is to investigate the feasibility of using air purifiers to address indoor air pollution in cities like Dhaka. By analyzing data on indoor air quality and assessing the effectiveness of air filters in improving it, this research aims to provide valuable information that can inform policy decisions on indoor air pollution in Bangladesh. The results of this study have the potential to benefit all participants and the general population by helping to develop more effective strategies for addressing indoor air pollution. This research is essential for understanding the health risks posed by air pollution in the homes of Bangladeshis living in urban areas and identifying ways to mitigate them.