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Ouagadougou



What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

Good most of the year apart from Harmattan (which can last from November through March). Then it's very dusty and can be very bad especially if you have asthma or other health issues. - Dec 13, 2017
Air quality can be very poor in the dry season (effectively from October to May) due to dust from the harmattan. Everyone told us about dust before we got here, and I admittedly blew them all off. How bad can dust be? Newsflash: Quite bad. The leaves on the green trees in our yard turned an orange color. During the peak hazy season (around December), the dust would hang like fog. I heard it described as nearly as bad as Beijing from a particulate matter standpoint (albeit without the arsenic), which I find hard to believe, but it is still much worse than I anticipated. - May 21, 2016
Air quality varies by season. The dust during the dry season really gets to some people. - Aug 8, 2015
Not bad compared to other West African capitals. The Harmattan blows in in December/January and it gets pretty dusty. There's some burning of trash, etc. Not great for asthmatics. - Jun 9, 2015
For weeks at a time, I feel like there is no blue sky. Sometimes I measure how bad the air is simply by looking up the horizon to see where you finally get the blue to peek through. That problem doesn't really exist when the rain comes, but I miss the rain when it's gone for this very reason! The wind, sand, dirt, burning garbage can make the air a little much. - Jan 16, 2015
The air quality ranges from good to unhealthy. It depends on the time of year as it is, at its worst, during the dry (dusty) season and better during the rainy and early dry season. - Jul 30, 2013
Awful, except for right after it rains. Otherwise you're either dealing with dust or smoke. They burn all their garbage everywhere. - Jul 8, 2013
The air quality is dusty and unhealthy for those with respiratory problems. - Apr 19, 2013
In Ouagadougou, it's very unhealthy. It's very dusty most of the year, and traffic means lots of pollution. Respiratory problems are frequent. - Nov 18, 2012
Not too ba.d - Aug 6, 2010