Dam Khan

Tackling air pollution in The Gambia: Dam Khan, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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In the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), we asked our researchers to tell us about their work and the challenges of tackling climate change.

Dam Khan is a PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine but is currently based in The Gambia.

Dam is currently working on a project looking into how different household air pollutions impact the important bacteria in diseases and how they can be reduced.

Dam says:

In rural settlements in Africa, the use of firewood and other biomass is for cooking is very common and this can pollute the air that we breathe. No one is safe from the health impacts of climate change, but the health impacts of using biomass fuel for cooking disproportionately affects households in rural communities in Africa.

COP26 is a fitting platform to discuss alternative sources of fuel which is fit for use in households in rural Africa.

Last updated: 2 November 2021

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