Environmental Health Perspectives
Clean cooking has emerged as a major concern for global health and development because of the enormous burden of disease caused by traditional cookstoves and fires. The World Health Organization has developed new indoor air quality guidelines that few homes will be able to achieve without replacing traditional methods with modern clean cooking technologies, including fuels and stoves. However, decades of experience with improved stove programs indicate that the challenge of modernizing cooking in impoverished communities includes a complex, multi-sectoral set of problems that require implementation research. The National Institutes of Health, in partnership with several government agencies and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, has launched the Clean Cooking Implementation Science Network that aims to address this issue. In this article, our focus is on building a knowledge base to accelerate scale-up and sustained use of the cleanest technologies in low- and middle-income countries. Implementation science provides a variety of analytical and planning tools to enhance effectiveness of clinical and public health interventions. These tools are being integrated with a growing body of knowledge and new research projects to yield new methods, consensus tools, and an evidence base to accelerate improvements in health promised by the renewed agenda of clean cooking.
Rosenthal, J., Balakrishnan, K., Bruce, N., Chambers, D., Graham, J., Jack, D., Kline, L., Masera, O., Mehta, S., Mercado, I., Neta, G., Pattanayak, S., Puzzolo, E., Petach, H., Punturieri, A., Rubinstein, A., Sage, M., Sturke, R., Shankar, A., Sherr, K., Smith, K., & Yadama, G. (2017). Implementation Science to Accelerate Clean Cooking for Public Health.. Environmental Health Perspectives, 125 (1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/EHP1018