Environmentalists seek to set research agenda on indoor air pollutionBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3062 (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3062
- Bob Roehr
- 1Washington, DC
Nearly half the world’s people use open fires and traditional biomass cooking stoves that expose them to indoor air pollution and cause an estimated 1.9 million premature deaths a year. Women and children are particularly affected.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks to reduce this exposure through a switch to cleaner, more efficient alternatives. It is promoting the ambitious goal of converting 100 million homes by the year 2020.
A three day meeting of health advocates and biomedical researchers has proved to be the catalyst for setting a research agenda on indoor air pollution in developing countries. The US National Institutes of Health organised the conference, held near Washington, DC, on 9-11 May.
Themes reported by the conference’s working groups included …