The state of air quality and health impacts in Africa

Published October 27, 2022

This report presents an overview of the state of air quality and its impacts on health in Africa. It draws together data from the Global Burden of Disease project and from a recent global assessment of air pollution sources to discuss air pollution trends, sources, and associated disease burdens across this important region, with a particular focus on Egypt, Ghana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and South Africa.

About the State of Global Air

The State of Global Air (SoGA) is a research and outreach initiative to provide reliable, meaningful information about air quality around the world. A collaboration of the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease project, the program gives citizens, journalists, policymakers, and scientists access to high-quality, objective information about air pollution exposure and its health impacts. All data and reports are free and available to the public.


Health Effects Institute. 2022. The State of Air Quality and Health Impacts in Africa. A Report from the State of Global Air Initiative. Boston, MA:Health Effects Institute.