Research on household air pollution launched at special event

The Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), hosted a special event today to launch its support for research to tackle household air pollution. The well-attended event was held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.

TRAction, managed by Bethesda-based University Research Co, LLC (URC), is overseeing research to guide interventions to reduce exposure to household air pollution. Half of the world's population cooks with solid fuels on poorly functioning stoves or open fires, primarily using wood or other biomass. Nearly 2 million people, mostly women and children, die each year as a consequence of household air pollution levels that are typically 100 times higher than World Health Organization air quality guidelines.

Special guest speakers at the launch included: Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator for USAID; Roger Glass of the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health; Michael Sage, Senior Advisor for Environmental Health, National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Sumi Mehta of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Researchers from Duke University and Impact Carbon were also on hand.

USAID awards a total of $1.3 million to Duke University, Impact Carbon in San Francisco, and Seattle-based PATH to investigate the factors that enable families to purchase improved, clean cookstoves and use them correctly over a sustained period.

For more information, see the overview of the TRAction project and the indoor air pollution research.

Two women in India use an improved cookstove. Photo credit: Bryan Willson.
Two women in India use an improved cookstove. Photo credit: Bryan Willson.
October 12, 2011
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