Dr. Sunkaru Touray 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.
Based in Texas, medical professionals Dr. Sunkaru Touray together with Dr. Awa Sabally-Touray, launched the ‘Permian Health Clean Air Initiative’ 18 months ago. Their primary goal is to democratize air quality data in Gambia, a crucial step towards enhancing air quality and improving the health of citizens.
This physician couple, have successfully formed multiple partnerships, earned the trust and support from the Gambian government, and established a network of 7 low-cost air quality sensors in a country where air quality monitoring was previously non-existent. These sensors are strategically deployed in densely populated regions, where approximately two-thirds of Gambia’s population resides. On September 07, 2023, they hosted the inaugural air quality conference in Gambia.
With technology, the continuous efforts of their dedicated team in Gambia, and the invaluable support of volunteers associated with their partner NGO, GAMCOTRAP, they have managed to overcome geographical barriers.
In alignment with the mission to democratize air quality data, future plans include expanding the LCS network and establishing a RGM in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Gambia National Environment Agency (NEA). The RGM installation will streamline colocation and calibration for the LCS network. Additionally, there is a plan to develop an ambient air quality information system to engage with communities in their native language, conduct capacity-building workshops for media professionals and facilitate focus group discussions and workshops with diverse community groups, including businesses, to enhance awareness of the environmental and health implications of their actions.