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TRAction project sponsors clinical training on household air pollution
The TRAction Project, in partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, held its first education clinical training in Accra, Ghana on household air pollution (HAP). The training was part of a continuing professional development event accredited by Ghana's Medical and Dental Council.
The one-day training, held on June 7th, included presentations from researchers from Ghana, Cameroon and the United States, and remarks from two Ghana Health Service leaders, Dr. Abraham Hodgson, Director of the Research and Development Division and Dr. Gloria Quansah Asare, Deputy Director. The event brought a variety of clinicians from Accra and surrounding areas and provided them with emerging evidence, tools, and public health relevance of HAP and ambient air pollution.
The researchers shared clean cooking options to reduce HAP; highlighted national and global research on clean cooking programs; demonstrated the use of HAPIT, an interactive tool to estimate health benefits of scaling up clean cooking; and educated providers on signs and symptoms of HAP health effects and how to promote exclusive use of clean cooking technologies.
The training was a major advance for the HAP field as it was the first time the issue has been included in a continuing medical education training with clinicians, both in Ghana and globally. Ghana is a global leader in promoting clean cooking, with current government pilot programs underway to distribute liquid petroleum gas stoves in several communities and ongoing research being conducted to measure the implementation of these pilot programs.
HAP is a global problem caused when solid fuels (such as wood, dung, crop residue, charcoal, and coal) are burned inside, over open fires or inefficient traditional stoves. Nearly 3 billion people use solid fuels for cooking and heating. HAP can cause stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lower respiratory disease and lung cancer. HAP led to approximately 4.3 million premature deaths globally in 2012 and is the third greatest risk factor for health.
June 24, 2016