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Health effects of an efficient vented stove in the highlands of Guatemala.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21086208     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In Guatemala, as in many places throughout the world, millions of indigenous people cook over non-ventilated indoor open fires. Indoor air pollution and accidental burns are well-known problems attributed to such fires. Efforts have been made to improve health outcomes by placing more efficient vented stoves in homes to decrease such exposure. The purpose of this study is to see if there are any measurable improvements in health outcomes after placement of such stoves within a community. Specifically, this study is designed to evaluate the health effects of placement of the ONIL stove, a rocket-style stove that has been shown to decrease household carbon monoxide (CO) levels and wood-fuel use. The ONIL stove was installed in more than 90% of the homes in Santa Avelina, Quiche, Guatemala between 2002 and 2006. The number of clinic visits per year for acute upper- and lower-respiratory illnesses in this village was compared for the years 2002 and 2006. Clinic visits for upper- and lower-respiratory illnesses combined decreased by 26%, and for acute lower respiratory solely, by 45% between 2002 and 2006. This study suggests that the placement of an improved vented stove may be associated with a corresponding decrease in acute respiratory illnesses.
Steven A Harris; James B Weeks; Juan Perez Chen; Peter Layde
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Global public health     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1744-1706     ISO Abbreviation:  Glob Public Health     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-24     Completed Date:  2011-10-13     Revised Date:  2011-12-13    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256323     Medline TA:  Glob Public Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  421-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Baylor University Medical Center, Ob/Gyn, Dallas, TX 75246, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Air Pollution, Indoor / adverse effects,  prevention & control*
Carbon Monoxide / adverse effects
Case-Control Studies
Child, Preschool
Guatemala / epidemiology
Infant, Newborn
Intervention Studies
Middle Aged
Respiratory Tract Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology,  prevention & control*
Smoke / adverse effects
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Smoke; 630-08-0/Carbon Monoxide

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