Pending the much-needed transition to using cleaner fuels, can improved cookstoves help reduce morbidity and mortality due to household air pollution (HAP) from biomass combustion among women and children in low and middle income countries?
We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to answer this question! Read more in our Thorax publication: https://thorax.bmj.com/content/73/11/1026
Why read on?
This is the first meta-analysis assessing the health impact of improved cookstoves, providing valuable information for agenda setting to reduce the substantial global burden of morbidity and mortality from HAP.
What did we conclude?
Meta-analyses indicate that improved biomass cookstoves can decrease respiratory and ocular symptoms among women; no demonstrable impact on perinatal or child health was observed.