The Low Smoke Chulha has been enabled by Philips Design in close co-operation with NGOs, self-help groups, local entrepreneurs and potential users. Low Smoke Chulha provides a safer home environment for families, reduces the risk of respiratory illness, and supports indigenous ways of cooking. The Low Smoke Chulha is not only smokeless but also helps every household save 10 kilos of firewood each house each day which is 4 tones of firewood a year!

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Impact of improved cookstoves on indoor air pollution and adverse health effects among Honduran women
Stuart Conway, Trees, Water and People August 5, 2009

Maggie L. Clark, Jennifer L. Peel, James B. Burch, Tracy L. Nelson,
Matthew M. Robinson, Stuart Conway, Annette M. Bachand and
Stephen J. Reynolds


Dear Colleagues:

The Environmental Health at USAID knowledge management activity has started a news feed on indoor air pollution at: and below are titles of recent posts to the news feed.

- Mexico - Quantification of carbon savings from improved biomass cookstove projects
- South Africa: Arivi Paraffin Stove - Finalist in 2009 INDEX Awards
- Guatemala - Personal child and mother carbon monoxide exposures and kitchen levels
- US to fund $600 million clean energy projects in Asia
- DRC - Mercy Corps stove project
- Bangladesh - Indoor air pollution 4th leading risk factor for diseases
- ADB - New partnership aims to expand access to modern energy to 100m people by 2015
- India - World Bank shows interest in alcohol stove
- Kamapla firm wins environmental award for non-char biomass briquettes

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Cooking the Planet: Are biomass stoves in the developing world affecting climate change?
Jeremey Roth, Aprovecho, January 2008


Televisa: Impact of HELPS Stove Program in Guatemala
Michelle Hollaender, Helps, International, January 2008

As you may have heard, a Mexican crew of three reporters from TELEVISA spent a week in Guatemala filming the positive impact that HELPS Programs has had in the lives of so many people.

The four day series will air Monday February 4th early in the morning in Mexico City.

World Food Program sets out to start the save stoves initiative. The initiative is focused on refugees and other poor women, and highlights the need for stoves to reduce time spent gathering firewood.

Initiative highlights:
"WFP’s Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (SAFE) project will scale up distribution of fuel-efficient and “improved mud” stoves to assist almost 100,000 women in North Darfur. These stoves consume less firewood and lower health risks associated with smoke."

"In Uganda, WFP will focus on refugees and pastoralists in the drought-hit Karamoja region. It will provide more than 35,000 households and 50 schools with fuel-efficient stoves, as well as helping women to find other sources of income."

Standardized Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Dioxin and Furan Releases, 1st edition May 2003
Prepared by UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) Chemicals Geneva, Switzerland

Dioxins and their effects on human health
World Health Organization, Fact sheet N°225 June 1999

Assessment of the health risk of dioxins: re-evaluation of the Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI)

Asia Regional Cookstove Program Letter from the Secretariat May-June 2006 (pdf)

WHO Inter-Regional Training Workshop on Indoor Air Pollution and Household Energy


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