The overall objective of the study is to develop a cost-effective solution to reduce health hazards associated with biomass fuel combustion in the kitchen which will ultimately help to devise a framework for energy policy liking health and overall development of the country. However, the specific objectives of the project are to
- To assess the linkages between biomass fuel use and respiratory illness among women and children in rural areas.
- To assess and test the efficacy of improved stoves and biogas in reducing respiratory illness.
- To assess the effect of hand-washing on child health with regard to diarrhea and acute respiratory infection.
- To enhance the awareness of local people about the health hazards associated with biomass fuel use and about the benefit of hand-washing.