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 Pollen Monitoring Campaign

Pollen Monitoring Campaign

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Pollen levels globally are skyrocketing, which is bad news for the 17 million South Africans suffering from hay fever and/or asthma. 

This year has seen some of the highest recorded pollen counts in history, with countries across the globe covered in clouds of pollen!

The main culprit? Global warming.

As we spew out more pollution, the earth’s temperature continues to rise and it’s having a major impact on pollen production. To sum it up, carbon dioxide (CO2) is like miracle fertiliser for pollen!

Scientists from the UCT Lung Institute are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of pollen monitoring in South Africa and are calling on the public to assist.  

Due to lack of funding, researchers have only been able to consistently track pollen in Cape Town over the last three decades, while the rest of the country has been monitored sporadically.

The last time pollen was monitored in more than one province simultaneously was in the 1990s!

Alarming ten-year pollen highs have been recorded in Cape Town and the case is bound to be similar elsewhere in the country.

Pollen counts are likely to quadruple in the next 20 to 30 years making life unbearable for those with pollen sensitivities. People who don’t normally suffer from hay fever are also likely to be affected and asthma attacks could soar. 

These dramatic changes in pollen means that we need to keep a closer eye on it. If we don’t, it will become increasingly difficult to manage and treat nasal allergies. 

The public must also be aware that many websites and apps that forecast pollen and fungal spores for South Africa are inaccurate and are often extrapolated from overseas data which has no bearing on SA.

For the most accurate pollen counts, visit 

What can you do to help?
Donate R50 or more to help the UCT Lung Institute expand its pollen monitoring efforts to the rest of thecountry. 

Your donation will enable scientists to better understand how pollen is evolving and how to best treat those that suffer from hay fever, now and in the future. 

Help us reach R150 000 to get another pollen trap up and running!


  • Feb 10, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "I use your info almost every day and find it accurate" - eben laubscher

  • Jan 29, 2020 - R 110.00
  • "

    Thank you for this amazing and vital project - hope Joburg is next :)

    " - Rosalie Walker

  • Jan 26, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Thanks we really appreciate your input ????????" - Deborah Ann Deetlefs

  • Jan 24, 2020 - USD $ 34.77
  • "Go for it!" - Margaret

  • Jan 22, 2020 - R 1 028.20
  • "Pollen Trap Donation" - Max Harding

  • Dec 23, 2019 - USD $ 7.40
  • "Good luck" - Anon

  • Oct 28, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "I'm a sufferer and beneficiary from pollen, and would like to have more studies done around this." - Kagiso

  • Oct 26, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Interesting work. " - Henning Rasmuss

  • Oct 11, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Keep up the good work!" - Ziyaad

  • Oct 04, 2019 - USD $ 9.90
  • "Good cause" - Anon

  • Oct 02, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Donation" - VA

  • Sep 26, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Thanks for your important work" - Anon

  • Sep 23, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "Thank you for doing this research. I myself am a sufferer and nothing is more valuable than being able to apply rigorous research to understand it." - Alex

  • Sep 19, 2019 - USD $ 3.42

  • Sep 18, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "Seasonal allergies are real and it affects us all - either yourself or a loved one around you." - Marelise

  • Sep 09, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Fantastic initiative! Let's save the planet one step at a time" - Chad Williams

  • Sep 09, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Thank you for starting this initiative and good luck with the rest of the campaign! " - Unity

  • Sep 06, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Great Initiative!" - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 4 591.01

Fundraising target

R 150 000.00

The Lung Institute Trust

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The UCT Lung Institute provides clinical services and conducts research in the fields of respiratory medicine, tuberculosis, allergy, occupational medicine, and dermatology. Special emphases in research are epidemiology, allergy diagnostics, lung physiology, clinical pharmacology, evaluation of novel treatments and community-based interventions for improving disease management and improving health. In association with various departments of the University, it provides training for students in the health professions and collaborates broadly with training and research institutions elsewhere in South Africa and abroad. The public is served by educational and health promotional activities, and by several unique clinical and community services.