Dr. Rose Alani is a local actor interviewed for the EPIC report ‘The Case for Closing Global Air Quality Data Gaps with Local Actors: A Golden Opportunity for the Philanthropic Community.‘ They are otherwise unassociated with EPIC.
Dr. Rose Alani, an Environmental/Analytical Chemist, serves as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Lagos with a focus on environmental pollution monitoring. She established the Air Quality Monitoring Research Group at the University of Lagos that aims to foster cleaner air for healthier cities in Africa.
The project, titled ‘Clean Air for Healthier Cities – Participatory and collaborative monitoring, modelling, and evidence-informed advocacy solutions through air quality management in East and West Africa,’ is currently supported by the US Department of State. With a duration spanning from October 2022 to October 2025, it extends over three years of dedicated efforts. This collaborative endeavour boasts a network of esteemed partners, including Makerere University, University of Yaounde, University of Ghana, University of Burundi, and Pretoria University. Makerere University leads the project and contributes to the project by manufacturing the air quality sensors, a vital component to this project. The University of Lagos is a Co-Lead this collaborative effort, and coordinates the activities of Accra, Yaounde, and in Burundi. A total of 65 sensors will be distributed across Lagos, Accra, Yaounde, and in Burundi, with one Reference monitor in Lagos.
The transition from the use of fossil fuel-powered generators to renewable sources of energy involves integrating air quality monitoring with the implementation of solar energy solutions.