Research executed by the Berkeley Air Monitoring Group (BA) in Cambodia has quantified the positive impact of clean cooking interventions on people’s health. This is a major breakthrough as it can help make such interventions more marketable and attractive for (results-based) financing, improving the lives of millions.
Since 1989, SNV has implemented clean cooking projects in over 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. About four million people have benefitted from these activities. However, the required scaling of this practice is hindered by the limited investment of the public and private sector. The level of investment is not proportionate to the size of the problem: the daunting figure reported by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is over four million people dying prematurely every year from household air pollution related to cooking with solid biomass fuels (more than HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis and malaria combined). One way to improve the financial viability and level of investment in clean cooking intervention programmes is to prove and monetise the health benefits.
This is why SNV commissioned the research in Cambodia: to quantify the health impacts of the ACE-1 gasifier stove and the biogas stoves, locally produced under the National Biodigester Programme. The applied methodology estimates the averted premature death and disability through averted disability-adjusted life years (ADALYs). The ACE-1 sub-study was conducted in 24 peri-urban and 24 rural wood-burning households and involved measurements of personal exposure, kitchen air pollution and stove use before and after the introduction of the stove (before-after study design). The biogas sub-study was conducted in 24 rural biogas households and 24 rural control households (cross-sectional study design) and involved the same types of measurements. READ FULL NEWS ARTICLE