The Health and Poverty Effects of a Large-scale Cookstove Initiative in Rwanda

This project evaluates the impact of a private sector cookstove and fuel distribution intervention on exposure to airborne pollutants, health, and poverty. Inyenyeri, a private social entrepreneurship venture, is providing free cookstoves to over 50,000 households in Western Rwanda and implementing a fuel pellet business over three years. The research team is conducting a randomized control trial (1) to assess the impact of this intervention on exposure to carbon monoxide, particulate matter (PM), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) of the primary household cook; and (2) to model the dose-response relationship between exposure and cardiovascular disease risk. The team is conducting exposure monitoring and health assessments six times over two years in 180 households, one-third of which we will randomized out to the control arm. A socioeconomic survey in 1,400 households is being collected at baseline, 12 months, and 24 months to measure consumption, health, time use, and emissions exposure to model the impact of cookstove adoption on time allocation, income generating activities, school enrollment, and household poverty.

Principal Investigator: Sudhanshu (Ashu) Handa

CPC Fellow Investigator: Pamela Jagger

Funding Source: NIH NIEHS

Grant Number: R01ES023861

Funding Period: 8/1/2014 - 4/30/2019

Primary Research Area: Demography,Population Health

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