IPCRG is collaborating with Prof Onno van Schayck who is working on the Health in Slums project in India. The original FRESH AIR prevalence study protocol is being used by the Health in Slums project.
An overview of the Health in Slums project
The health in Slums project aims to develop chimneys and stoves that will reduce indoor air pollution within the houses and therefore improve the air quality of the slums. These chimneys and stoves will be designed in a way that they will fit the cooking practices and cultural habits and the budget of the average slum dweller. The team believes that by creating and implementing a better stove that is able to reduce the toxic air in the house and that fits local requirements, the level of indoor air pollution will be greatly reduced. Thus, the level of exposure is diminished thereby decreasing the incidence of respiratory diseases amongst women and children in the slums. This study will provide a sustainable solution for slum dwellers as well as the environment. There will be less damage on natural resources through the use of more appropriate stoves and health conditions for slum dwellers will improve. This sustainable project will also create job opportunities in the slums to produce the stoves.
Prof Onno van Schayck gave the keynote address at the IPCRG's 4th Scientific Meeting in Singapore, May 2015 on The 3 billion people question: What are the causes of COPD in low and middle income countries, and how can we prevent them? Some excerpts of this address are: