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Saving the infants from wood smoke

The smell of wood smoke evokes fond memories for many people, but for others it has become a danger signal. Wood smoke, has become a major part of the air pollution problem in Uganda especially in Luweero district. A once fertile land, which knew no famine or lack but in 1986 it’s an area of war many lives were lost and children died of starvation. As the area healed the area is still characterized with more of grandmothers’ and children less than 5 years. Grand mothers have once again become mothers and more recent the district ranged high in teenage pregnancy of about 8%. The particles in wood smoke are too small to be filtered by the nose and upper respiratory system, so they wind up deep in the lungs and cause congestion.

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Building of indoor permeant clay molded stoves in the homes of the grandmothers will mitigate short and long term effects which include; pneumonia in children which is one of the leading causes of death in children less than 5 years, critical bronchitis, Asthmatic attacks and in grandmothers in the long run cause lung cancer and hypertensive.

This model of building the indoor stove I believe will succeed because the stove contains the smoke with less emission of smoke from the woods which will reduce or eliminate the progression of the disease of pneumonia, asthma, cancers and hypertensive

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

The beneficiaries of this project will be the children less than 5 years and the grandmothers who are already weak in Uganda in Luweero District

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

The model will be tested by building 2 stoves in households of grandmothers taking care of children of less than 5 years.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

I will need the help of village health teams who are in each country in the country, volunteers, local leaders and the community for acceptance to the project.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • Yes. I am ready and interested in testing this idea and making it real in my community.


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Photo of David Citrin

Thanks, Pamella. Built with locally available resources, as people do in Nepal where we work, smokeless stoves are often built with less than $15 US dollars, and can be constructed and dried in 2-3 days.

Photo of Pamella Sunday

Thanks David for the insight to building the local stove, how long it takes and the cost. Currently i have offered to pilot it in one of the grandmothers home.

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