With indoor air pollution contributing to nearly 2 million deaths each year, it is a serious health problem, particularly in low-resource settings. NIH recently hosted a workshop to help develop the expertise needed to study exposures and their health impacts, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of possible solutions. Those training materials are now available on the Fogarty website to expand their reach to others interested in this specialized field. Topics include the evolution of cookstoves, ventilation solutions, exposure assessment and possible strategies to encourage adoption of cleaner cooking methods, among others.
Global health groups have launched numerous programs to combat indoor air pollution in low- and middle-income countries, but questions remain about their effectiveness in improving health in the targeted households. More research is essential to maximize success.
NIH participates in the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the U.N. Foundation to improve livelihoods, empower women and children, and combat climate change by creating a sustainable market for clean and efficient cooking stoves and fuels.