The Enabling Environment: Global Guidelines and National Policies for Indoor Air Quality, 2012.
Myles F. Elledge, RTI International.
Most national cookstove interventions have emphasized energy and environmental concerns, with modest attention to indoor air quality and the link to health. New WHO guidelines offer health evidence linked to household energy sources and will help drive national indoor air quality policies to bring together energy, health, and environmental resources for cookstove programming.
Key Policy and Research Recommendations
- National IAQ policies are needed to stimulate advocacy and education programs on IAP.
- Technology development for cleaner cookstoves must include rigorous emission testing to ensure improved stoves are “cleaner” stoves so that health dimensions help set cookstove standards.
Funding rigorous health studies is important to better understand health outcomes of interventions and to benchmark “how clean is clean.