Implementation Science to Reduce Household Air Pollution: Exposures in Low and Middle-Income Countries

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Join this webinar to learn about the latest research and scientific evidence linking cooking to health impacts, the effectiveness of cookstove interventions, and novel survey and analytic methods being applied to monitor air pollution exposure and cookstove adoption behavior.

Investments in clean cooking programs around the world were greatly expanded after 2010, when epidemiological evidence on the burden of disease attributable to household air pollution (HAP) was combined with findings on the contribution of solid-fuel cooking emissions to climate change.  However, evidence from multiple trials and field studies is that improved cookstoves using traditional solid fuels cannot reduce HAP exposures sufficiently to yield reductions in the respiratory and cardiovascular diseases of concern, mostly because of technological barriers. For this reason, the health science community is focused principally on clean fuel technologies, such as liquified petroleum gas, biogas, ethanol, electricity, and processed biomass pellets (in the newest generation of gasifier stoves).

The U.S. National Institutes of Health and partners have established several research, development and capacity building efforts to understand the potential health benefits of HAP reductions, and to develop tools that will accelerate implementation of best practices. One of these initiatives, the Clean Cooking Implementation Science Network (ISN), aims to elucidate the technologies, conditions, and implementation strategies most likely to yield greatly reduced exposures to HAP, and accelerate widespread, sustained and nearly exclusive adoption of cooking with clean fuels. 

The ISN is a transdisciplinary network of scientists, policy makers, and implementers that conducts interventional studies and analyzes natural experiments on clean fuel transitions around the world.  ISN projects tackle questions related to household behavior, finance, supply chains, gender, and policy resistance, and have developed case studies and analytical tools related to the uptake, sustained adoption and scale-up of clean household energy.



  • Chair: Ms. Michele Gragnolati, Practice Manager, GHNGE, The World Bank
  • Speaker: Joshua Rosenthal, Senior Scientist at the Division of Epidemiology and Population Studies, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health
  • Discussants: Ms. Yabei Zhang, Senior Energy Specialist, ESMAP, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, The World Bank; Mr. Tamer Samah Rabie, Lead Health Specialist, GNH, The World Bank

Event contact

Yekbun Gurgoz,
Finance & Household Energy Initiative Coordinator
Yekbun.Gurgoz [at]



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