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 in the Kitchen: Health impacts of indoor air pollution in developing countries, Global Village Energy Partnership, DFID, London, July 30, 2004, Nigel Bruce, Liz Bates, Brenda Doroski

Clearing the Air, How epidemiology, engineering, and experiment fingered fine particles as airborne killers by Jonathon Shaw, BryanWillson May 2005

Mrs. Mary Kavita, Haybox Cooker, Makeweni, Kenya, Courtesy Richard Stanley, Legacy Foundation, November 2005

Resource list for the health issues related to inhaled smoke, Dr. Peter Coughlin, EconPolicy Research Group, Lda., Maputo, Mozambique, November 2005


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