Air Pollution and Health Surveys
Since 2010 Nova has been conducting air pollution and health surveys for clients such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the Western Cape Government. Such surveys typically assess the self-reported health of household members, prevalence of diseases (esp. pneumonia, bronchitis, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, diarrhoea, tuberculosis, asthma, and heart conditions), exposures to health risks (via water, sanitation, solid waste or refuse, and usage of solid fuels as energy carriers), immunisation, impact of health on daily activities (e.g. absence or restricted activity days), symptoms experienced in the recent past, nutrition, access to health care services, personal hygiene, socio-economic factors (income, possessions) that can influence health and air quality, and also the effectiveness of households’ residential structures in providing insulation against temperature extremes and air pollution.
Nova offers a range of services to corporate entities, governmental organisations and NGOs including Community Surveys, Consultancy and Corporate Social Responsibility Project Research and Development.
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