C.M. (Chimere) Ohajinwa MSc

  • PhD researcher
  • Environmental Health
  • E-waste management
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants(POPs),
  • Recycling
  • Vulnerable population

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7460
E-Mail: c.m.ohajinwa@cml.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen, Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden, CML/Conservation Biology
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

Professional experience

Chimere May Ohajinwa is a public health specialist with more than 6 years of experience in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health programmes with particular emphasis on environmental health and nutrition programmes in non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Biochemistry from Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Masters of Public Health (Environmental Health) from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Besides her academic background, she is a Leadership for Environmental and Development (LEAD) fellow.

Research topic

Millions of tons of used electronics are exported to developing countries (including Nigeria) annually, a greater proportion is non-functioning and un-usable, so are considered as waste. Consequently, large quantities of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) are being recycled and managed in these countries using inappropriate methods including disposal at open dumps, open burning and the use of crude extraction techniques in recovering precious metals without precautionary protection of the environment and human health. Nigeria lacks the infrastructure and resources for the environmentally sound management of e-waste arising when such imports reach their end-of-life. There is great concern on the health consequences of exposure to hazardous substances such as persistent Organic Pollutants(POPs) from e-waste as a result of the crude management methods. In addition, there is dearth of information on human exposure to POPs from e-waste in Nigeria. Therefore, I intend to study the "Health impact of exposure to New POPs among e-waste workers(scavengers, repairers, collectors etc) in Nigeria".

Last Modified: 26-02-2016