Alliance Presence at Second Africa LPG Summit in Nairobi
The Alliance highlighted the need for cleaner cooking fuels as a way to address health issues during the Second Africa LPG Summit, held in Nairobi in June. The meeting, held to promote more widespread use of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), was an ideal venue for the Alliance to continue its commitment to working with key partners to demonstrate and evaluate the public health benefits of scaling clean fuels.
Focusing on Kenya as a case study, Alliance East Africa Market Manager Daniel Wanjohi made a plenary presentation, Introducing Models for Improved Supply, Distribution and Adoption of LPG. His talk addressed barriers to LPG adoption, an LPG delivery system framework for the base of the pyramid, principles for an effective delivery model, designing an LPG delivery model, and demand forecast scenarios.
A workshop on the Role of LPG in Achieving Clean Cooking and its Benefits to Health: Promotion, Scaling and Marketing of LPG was convened by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the Global LPG Partnership, the Petroleum Institute of East Africa, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the World LP Gas Association, and the Public Health Institute. Over fifty key stakeholders from the government, private sector, research, and civil society to discuss how scaling up of LPG in Africa can achieve public health benefits.
Participants from Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Guatemala, India, the United States and the European Union discussed how LPG and other demonstrably clean cooking solutions which can provide substantial public health benefits in Africa, particularly with respect to child survival. The workshop also highlighted the considerable momentum within the African LPG sector and paved the way for active partnerships between the public health and LPG sectors needed to advance the scaling of LPG for clean and safe cooking. Panelists also emphasized the importance of engaging other key players, including women’s self-help groups, development agencies, and relevant civil society organizations.
The next Africa clean fuels evaluation workshop will be convened in Accra, Ghana in November around the Clean Cooking Forum.