Indoor Air Pollution

Since 1993, the World Bank has listed indoor air pollution (which occurs because of biomass combustion) as one of the main contributors to the worldwide burden of death and disability.

The INDEPTH Interest Group on indoor air pollution seeks to assess its impact on health outcomes and to identify and determine how to implement potential interventions. The team aims to monitor population impact by leveraging longitudinal HDSS data and combining it with pregnancy outcome data and cause-specific mortality data.

The group's proposed INDEPTH household air quality improvement intervention study will seek to understand the decrease in the risk to respiratory health among children and their mothers in HDSS settings in Africa and Asia as a result of the introduction of improved cooking stoves and improved ventilation in homes. The group is currently seeking funding for the project.