Indoor air pollution and lower respiratory tract infections in children
Report of a symposium held at the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, Paris, 4 September 2006, presenting preliminary results of a randomized intervention trial in Guatemala and a workshop discussing the implication for policy, advocacy and future research
This report summarizes the preliminary findings of a trial into the reduction in indoor air pollution exposures on health outcomes such as pneumonia in young children. The first randomized controlled trial of an improved chimney stove was conducted in the highlands of Guatemala, in households that used open wood fires for cooking. The results were presented at a symposium of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology in Paris in September 2006.
This symposium was followed by a workshop in which participants discussed methodological lessons learned and problems encountered during the trial, and gaps in knowledge and further research needs. Design and potential sites for further research are outlined. The report provides a basis for arguing about the effect of air pollution reduction on child health for advocacy efforts to donors and governments, to address this major risk factor for child mortality.