Cook Stoves for Himalayan Healthcare, Nepal

The Problem

Nepal's non-urban citizens make up 83% of the population. Many of these people in the remote mountain villages use wood-burning cookstoves and scavenge several square miles for viable wood fuel. Community members in the remote village of Tipling, one of the villages served by HHC, have recorded that every year the villagers have to climb farther up the mountain to gather wood. This work is mainly done by young children and this four hour long journey takes up precious time the children could be using in the local school. Tipling has thus requested our help in providing a solution to this problem. The entire population depends on these cookstove to make their daily meals in their one room huts. The smoke generated while cooking immediately fills the tiny space and makes it difficult to breathe. One of our visiting members could not spend more than a minute inside without tearing up and taking his meal outside. All the while, the family tolerates the heavy particles in the air, everyday. The World Health Organization estimates nearly 2 million people die prematurely to indoor air pollution from household cookstoves a year and nearly 50% of pneumonia deaths among children under the age of five are attributable to indoor air pollution. In 2011, over 250 villagers in Tipling were diagnosed with pneumonia by HHC.

Plan of Action

GlobeMed at CU Boulder has a plan of action is to provide cook stoves to the people who need them through our partner organization, Himalayan Healthcare, Nepal. The efficient cookstoves reduce by half the use of firewood compared to the traditional open-hearth stoves. In addition, these stoves have a chimney that vents the smoke outside the homes.These stove would then reduce the amount of time spent gathering wood and reduce exposure to indoor air pollution.

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