Joint South Africa and Swiss Chair in Global Environmental Health

This first South African-Swiss bilateral research chair on Global Environmental Health in Cape Town addresses emerging environmental health problems in South Africa. The collaboration consists of four projects: (i) a cohort study on agricultural pesticides on the development and respiratory health effects among rural children in the Western Cape; (ii) a cohort study on the effects of ambient air pollutants on childhood asthma in the Western Cape region; (iii) an ecosystem approach on the health risks associated with chemical pollution and bio contamination of water sources and soil in the Western Cape; and (iv) a health risk assessment on the impact of climate change on ecosystems, water, chemical usages and health including vulnerabilities assessment and adaptation challenges in the Western Cape and in South Africa.

Involved Regions: Africa
Involved Countries: South Africa

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Selected projects at this location:
Capacity Building
Public Health


Martin Röösli

Martin Röösli, Associate Professor, PhD
Group Leader, Head of Unit


Project Facts

Olaniyan T, Dalvie M.A, Röösli M, Naidoo R, Künzil N, de Hoogh K, Parker B, Leaner J, Jeebhay M. Asthma-related outcomes associated with indoor air pollutants among schoolchildren from four informal settlements in two municipalities in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Indoor Air. 2019;29(1):89-100. DOI: 10.1111/ina.12511

Saucy A. Land use regression modelling of outdoor NO2 and PM2.5 concentrations in the Western Cape, South Africa. Basel: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, 2017. MSc Thesis

Chetty-Mhlanga S, Basera W, Fuhrimann S, Probst-Hensch N, Delport S, Mugari M, Van Wyk J, Röösli M, Dalvie M.A. A prospective cohort study of school-going children investigating reproductive and neurobehavioral health effects due to environmental pesticide exposure in the Western Cape, South Africa: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:857. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5783-0

Sieber C, Ragettli M, Brink M, Olaniyan T, Baatjies R, Saucy A, Vienneau D, Probst-Hensch N, Dalvie M.A, Röösli M. Comparison of sensitivity and annoyance to road traffic and community noise between a South African and a Swiss population sample. Environ Pollut. 2018;241:1056-1062. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.06.007

Sagar S, Adem S.M, Struchen B, Loughran S.P, Brunjes M.E, Aranguam L, Dalvie M.A, Croft R.J, Jerrett M, Moskowitz J.M, Kuo T, Röösli M. Comparison of radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure levels in different everyday microenvironments in an international context. Environ Int. 2018;114:297-306. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.036

Sieber C, Ragettli M.S, Brink M, Toyib O, Baatjies R, Saucy A, Probst-Hensch N, Dalvie M.A, Röösli M. Land use regression modeling of outdoor noise exposure in informal settlements in Western Cape, South Africa. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017;14(10):1262. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph14101262

Olaniyan T, Jeebhay M, Röösli M, Naidoo R, Baatjies R, Künzli N, Tsai M, Davey M, de Hoogh K, Berman D, Parker B, Leaner J, Dalvie M.A. A prospective cohort study on ambient air pollution and respiratory morbidities including childhood asthma in adolescents from the western Cape Province: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:712. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4726-5

Olaniyan T.A, Dalvie M.A, Röösli M, Jeebhay M.F. Air pollution, pollens and childhood asthma - is there a link?. Curr Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016;29(4):252-261