Electronic waste (e-waste) is a rising global environmental and health inequity issue for a number of reasons. Among them, it generates hundreds of contaminants, such as heavy metals, flame retardants, and other volatile organic compounds, to which both workers and their families are exposed.
The ultimate goal of the project is to improve working conditions of e-waste workers in Dhaka city, and thus, improve their own health and that of their families. To begin to build a framework and infrastructure for e-waste research, the project aims to:
Aich, N., K., K., Ahmed, S. I., & Sabo-Attwood, T. (2020). The Hidden Risks of E-Waste: Perspectives from Environmental Engineering, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, and Human–Computer Interaction. In K. Smith & P. Ram (Eds.), Transforming Global Health: Interdisciplinary Challenges, Perspectives, and Strategies. New York, NY: Springer.
Mowla, M., Rahman, E., Prottoy, H., Ahmed, S. I., Aich, N., & Islam, N. (2019). Health risk assessment of heavy metals in E-waste recycling shops in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Rifat, M. R., Aich, N., Rottoy, H. M., & Ahmed, S. I. (2018). Understanding the opportunities and challenges in e-waste management practices in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Paper presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems SIGCHI, Montreal, Canada.
Wang, Y., Peris, A., Rifat, M. R., Ahmed, S. I., Aich, N., Nguyen, L. V., . . . Diamond, M. L. (2020). Measuring exposure of e-waste dismantlers in Dhaka Bangladesh to organophosphate esters and halogenated flame retardants using silicone wristbands and T-shirts. Sci Total Environ, 720, 137480.
Co-director, Community for Global Health Equity; Associate Professor; PI of the SAM Study
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health
Current interests: chemical mixtures, social-chemical environment interactions, toxicant-diet interactions, child growth and development.
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