Research conducted by the NCBI, shows that Africa is no different than any other part of the world when it comes to good and bad places for asthma. Some certain grasses and pollen can trigger asthmatic reactions, but even more dangerous is house mite dust and dander from cats and dogs. Malnutrition, pesticides, insecticides, and certain kinds of pollution help to make certain places worse than others. Areas that have excessive dust and debris in the air are worse than those with clean air that is free of chemicals, smoke, and dust. The studies also showed that there is a lower incidence of asthma in rural grassland areas. If you have asthma and you're planning to visit or move to Africa, here are the 20 best places to be to avoid environmental triggers.
20. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is one of the healthiest cities on the continent. It barely made the list coming in at number 20, but it is a lovely city that offers views of the oven and the table mountains that is good for mental health and for reducing stress. Most of the inhabitants of the city prefer to live a healthy lifestyle with balanced diets, exercise, and tons of healthy food options for the optimum nutritional value. The ocean winds bring in clean and fresh air to breathe and there are few significant triggers for asthma for sufferers in the local environment.
19. Kigali, Rwanda
Kigali is a lovely city that features a rapidly growing metropolitan area. The government of the capital city encourages inhabitants to practice healthy lifestyles with ample exercise opportunities, and lots of healthy fruits and vegetables grown in the region. Kigali happens to be on the list of African cities with the cleanest air.
18. Brazzaville, Congo
Brazzaville is a lovely city that is positioned on the Congo River. It is the capital of the Republic of Congo and is rated as one of the republic's healthiest places to live. There is little obesity in the area and residents get plenty of exercise from jobs requiring manual labor. It's a place where the people have clean air to breathe and lovely surroundings to relax and enjoy the scenery. Exercise, fresh air, and a healthy diet are important for people who suffer from asthma and you have everything you need to live a healthy lifestyle in Brazzaville.
17. Dakar, Senegal
Dakar is the country of Senegal's capital city. It's situated near the Atlantic ocean and provides amazing views of the seaside at Cape Vert Peninsula. It's known as one of West Africa's healthiest cities with clean ocean air blowing in, low obesity rates, with plenty of healthy food and exercise options.
16. Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Bahir Dar is situated in the southern part of Lake Tana. It is also the capital city of the Amhara region of Ethiopia. It's a popular tourist destination featuring Lake Tana and the Blu Nile. It's a beautiful and clean city with low crime rates and a healthy population with few health issues and low obesity rates. Most residents observe a healthy lifestyle as a hallmark of the culture. If you enjoy clean air and healthy living, Bahir Dar is an excellent choice.
15. Asmara, Eritrea
Asmara is a UNESCO world heritage site that is another popular tourist destination. Although this is a fairly poor region with some economic depression, the people enjoy living a healthy lifestyle with nutritious foods and clean air to breathe. The architecture is historic with a 19th and 20th-century Italian influence that makes it a beautiful place to live. Blood pressure rates are lower in this city than in many other places in the region.
14. Lome, Togo
Coppieters lists Lome as one of the best places to live a healthy lifestyle. The city is a haven for entertainment and education with the Congressional Palace, the National Museum, the Central Independence Monument, and other things to do to stay active. The air is relatively clean and there are plenty of healthy choices for eating nutritious meals.
13. Bamako, Mali
Mali's capital city is Bamako. It's also the industrial hub of the country. It sits on the Niger River and has so many different areas to explore with various attractions, clean air, culture, history, and architectural wonders. Some of the areas of the city have manufacturing plants, but there are places in the outlying area that are clean and fresh where you can breathe freely in the pure air. The people who live in Bamako, Mali generally prefer to live a healthy lifestyle and this is good news for those with asthma.
12. Kampala, Uganda
Kampala is a city in Uganda that is situated on the largest lake in the area, called Lake Victoria. It's the capital of commercial and political activity in the country with a population of 1.5 million. This is a region that prides itself in good health with low obesity rates and people who enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. The diets are healthy and the air is clean in Kampala. Ugandans eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables daily.
11. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar Es Salaam is one of the larger cities in Tanzania with a population of 4.3 million residents. It's a beautiful city that is spread out so people can enjoy breathing the fresh air that pours into the city from the Indian Ocean. The soft breezes are good for people who suffer from asthma by removing impurities and stagnation. This is a city that believes in living a healthy lifestyle with low obesity rates o just 13% among men. There are plenty of tourist attractions including Coco Beach the Open Air Museum, and more to keep you moving and active.
10. Taghazout, Morocco
Taghazout is one of the better places to live in Africa if you have respiratory issues such as asthma. The quality of the air on average is rated as good. It is warm there all year round and there is plenty of room to move around as the populations are spread out. This is also a safe and affordable city to live in where not that many people smoke tobacco products. It is a clean and healthy place to live with plenty of options for physical exercise and nutritious food. Stress is also low in this city and that is something that can trigger asthmatic events, so chill out and enjoy your time in Taghazout.
9. Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria is a great place to visit and also a good place to live if you enjoy a warm climate all year long. The humidity level is usually perfect with good air quality. It's a spacious city that is not overcrowded and there are a lot of fun things to do. Very few people smoke tobacco in this area, and there are few things to trigger asthma in sufferers. The hospitals are also highly rated if you do have an incident and everyone speaks English. It's family-friendly and in general, a safe and affordable place to live.
8. Harare, Zimbabwe
Harare is a city that boasts clean air of good quality most of the time. The humidity level in the air is ideal for people who suffer from asthma a there is less likely to be mold or dust in the air with its unique balanced climate. The temperatures are warm year-round and the lifestyle is a healthy one. There aren't many tobacco smokers in Harare, which helps to keep the environments a little cleaner for asthma sufferers.
7. Tangier, Morocco
Tangier is a city that is filled with residents who enjoy the warm weather in the spring and summer months. The air quality is good and it's a spacious city that does not feel overcrowded. People who live there speak basic English and not many of them smoke tobacco. Most prefer to live a healthy lifestyle getting plenty of exercises and eating healthy foods, enjoying the lovely landscape of the area. Tangier is an affordable place to live that offers a healthy environment with a climate that is good for people with asthma.
6. Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Port Elizabeth is a beautiful city that has a warm climate all year long. The quality of the air is almost always good which makes it easier for people with asthma to go out in public and enjoy getting some fresh air. This is a spacious city that does not feel overcrowded. The people are friendly here and it's easy to make friends. They value the high quality of education available in Port Elizabeth. It's a safe and family-friendly pace that leans towards democratic political views with exceptional free speech and not many of the residents engage in tobacco smoking or other unhealthy habits.
5. Constantine, Algeria
Constantine is another city in the Algerian region of Africa that has an environment that is safe and healthy for people with asthma. The temperatures are warm in the spring with perfect humidity during the early part of the year. The cost of living is affordable with plenty of healthy food options available and quality medical care available. The city streets are spacious and not overcrowded with people. The air quality is good with not many people who smoke tobacco products or engage in other unhealthy lifestyle choices. This is a city that values and provides high-quality education.
4. Gaborone, Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana is a beautiful city that is warm all year long with the ideal humidity levels for people who suffer from asthma. The cost of living is affordable in Gaborone, with lots of healthy food options available including fresh fruits and vegetables. The air quality is almost always rated as good and there is plenty of room in the city that is spacious and not overcrowded. Most of the residents of this are value higher education and they try to live a healthy lifestyle.
3. Livingstone, Zambia
Livingstone is a beautiful place to be whether you lie there or you are just a casual visitor. The air quality is usually rated as being good and the climate is warm all year long. There aren't many people living here who smoke tobacco products so you can enjoy going through the various shopping and business centers and breathing clean and fresh air. This is a fairly safe place to live, filled with people who almost all speak English. It's inexpensive to live in Livingstone.
2. Durban, South Africa
Durban, South Africa is another healthy place to live or visit for people who have asthma and other breathing issues. Although it's a decent-sized city, the population is spread out over its massive size so the metro areas do not feel crowded. The average daily rating for air quality is consistently good so there are no environmental issues to cause breathing difficulties. The climate is warm all year round. Other appealing features of Durban are the high quality of education, the democratic political views, excellent freedom of speech, friendly locals who make it easy to make friends, the safety, healthy lifestyles of the residents, and the fast internet. Unlike some other cities in Africa, Durban has more modern communications and tech systems.
1. Jamestown, Saint Helena
Jamestown is Saint Helena's capital city. It is a British Overseas Territory that is situated on a beautiful Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. This is a city that constantly receives fresh ocean breezes and the air is pure and clean. It's also a historic city with was established in the mid-1600s. It once served as the Royal Navy's base when the movement to suppress the slave trade was in full swing. The residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle in a clean and fresh environment that is set apart from mainstream society.
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