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Situational Analysis of Morogoro Hotspot Area in Tanzania for Persistent Organic Pollutants

A situational analysis of POPs in the Morogoro Hotspot Area was conducted by Tanzania Association of Public Occupational and Environmental Health Experts (TAPOHE) in 2011. Participatory survey methods including desk review, in-depth interviews with key informants, focused group discussions and participants’ observations were used to collect data. Additionally, soil and biota samples (plants) were collected for pesticide chemical analysis. Findings from the situational analysis confirmed that Morogoro is one of the most DDT (and other obsolete pesticides)- contaminated sites in the country. Based on these findings, TAPOHE recommended specific actions for stakeholders, which include continued monitoring and security to the site, public awareness, and a careful plan of decontamination.

Drums of obsolete pesticides stored in the MOFACU warehouse with documents scattered on the floorPesticides leaking from the drums on the floor

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