In the initiative to ensure proper disposal of plastic wastes, DUCE research team has joined hands with other five International Universities to conduct research on the impact of plastic wastes for the well-being of people. Universities involved in the project are University of Stirling, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Durham University, Heriot-Watt University and University of Malawi.
Speaking during the launching workshop, Dr. Emiliana Mwita, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and Economics, said the team is engaging in a project titled “Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to Benefit Communities and their Environments (SPACES). Dr. Mwita explained about the stages to be involved in the development of the project while focusing on mechanisms for proper management of plastic waste substances.
In the same manner, the co-researcher in the same project, Dr. Daniel Sabai emphasized the need to address the problem of plastic wastes which are channels of diseases transmission to people.
The Deputy Principal (ARC), Dr. Christina Raphael who officiated the event said although the research is conducted at Msimbazi valley, its sensitive solutions will be applied to various parts of the country.
In his closing remarks, the Deputy Principal (PFA), Dr. Method Samwel called researchers not to just put their findings on paper but rather ensure that researches have a direct impact on people’s lives.