Improving Health with Improved Cooking Stoves

Improving biomass cooking stoves is a powerful positive health intervention, especially in households that include children. Enclosing stoves prevents skirt fires, and burns that can be deadly or permanently disfiguring. Reducing emissions in cooking stoves, keeps those particles from building up in the lungs of babies, children and other family members, and improves survival rates from pneumonia, influenza, and other infections.

Smoke's increasing cloud across the globe
Practical Action June 16, 2006

Introduction:

It is in the world’s poorest regions that smoke is a major threat, including China, India and sub-Saharan Africa. On current trends, 200 million more people will rely on these polluting fuels by 2030. Women and children are exposed for up to seven hours a day to pollution concentrations 100 times and more above accepted safety levels. There is ample medical evidence that smoke from burning biomass fuels leads to killer diseases, such as penumonia, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer.

Health Effects of Air Pollution from Household Fuels
Kirk R. Smith*, Sumi Mehta1*, Miriam Feuz+
* Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.

Household Woodsmoke and Health in Guatemala
in PCIA Bulletin Issue 7, June 2006
Kirk Smith, RESPIRE (Randomized Exposure Study of Pollution Indoors and Respiratory Effects)

PCIA Bulletin Issue 7, June 2006
Lutfiyeh Ahmed, Elisa Derby, Partnership for Clean Indoor Air

Our US public broadcasting system recently presented two good programs on AIDS http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/aids

For those of you in the field working with AIDS affected individuals, families and care givers: what impact do improved cooking techniques such as improved cookstoves, retained heat cookers, solar cookers and integrated cooking have on helping to cope with AIDS?

What's Cooking?
Jessica Budds, Adam Biran and Jonathan Rouse October 2001
WELL Water and Environmental Health at London and Loughborough, UK

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