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Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh faces air pollution problems from all sides. As being a highly populated city, it is subject to the air contaminating effects of the massive use of cars, motorbikes and trucks and there is also the industrial side of the city, contributing to the ever-growing pollution levels by emitting particulate matter (PM). In 2019, Dhaka came in with a PM2.5 reading of 83.3 μg/m³ as the yearly average, putting it in the ‘unhealthy’ bracket of air quality, which requires a PM2.5 reading between 55.5 to 150.4 μg/m³ to be classed as unhealthy. Considering the degrading condition of air in Dhaka, the Health Team in World Bank Dhaka administered an analytical study in order to identify the short-term effects of outdoor air pollution on human health using a combination of household level data, information related to local climate conditions, and analysis of existing literature. On behalf of The World Bank, dRi conducted 2500 HH Surveys in Dhaka city for the analytical study. Surveys were conducted following a listing exercise where dRi expected to canvass relevant PSUs. dRi field team also installed the air quality measurement instruments and recorded the measures for each of the selected households for every other day over a two-week period before the survey.

Serial No: 221

Theme: Health and Sanitation

Research Method: Quantitative

Partner: The World Bank

Starting Year: 2021

Study Area: Dhaka