TRAction and Global Alliance collaborate to reduce household air pollution

The USAID Translating Research into Action Project (TRAction), a URC-managed health research grants project, has partnered with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to fund three new research projects starting August 2015 to study the adoption of clean cooking technology to reduce household air pollution.

Together they will aim to better understand the barriers and motivators for using clean cooking technology through research awards implemented by teams from the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina (UNC), University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), and the Kintampo Health Research Center.

According to USAID, an estimated 2.4 billion people depend on biomass fuels for their cooking needs and heating their homes and an estimated, 4 million people die each year from household air pollution from unclean cooking technology. Clean cooking technology can reduce the risk of diseases such as respiratory infections, chronic obstetric pulmonary disease, lung cancer, cataracts, and low birth weight. Achieving such sustained adoption is a key challenge for clean cooking efforts, and little information is available on the drivers and determinants of sustained adoption of demonstrably clean cooking technologies.

Elizabeth Fox, USAID Office of Health Director, comments, “We’re very excited about this research. The outcomes will contribute to building a firmer evidence base around achieving the behaviors for sustained adoption and use of cleaner cooking technologies and highlight the importance of these technologies as a preventive measure for an important public health issue. We look forward to sharing these findings as a part of our Agency's effort to reduce household air pollution exposure in low and middle income countries, with particular emphasis on those populations most vulnerable to the highest levels of exposure."

To learn more about these three research studies, please visit the TRAction website for more information.

What are the barriers and motivators to clean cookstove adoption?
Date 
July 22, 2015
Authors 
Sarah Kim, Communications Specialist
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