HAPIT: Household Air Pollution Intervention Tool for Comparing Health Impacts of Cooking Technologies
Policy-makers, donors, non-governmental organizations, project developers, and researchers now have a tool to help quickly compare the impacts of various cooking technologies on human health at the national level. With funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Alliance has supported Professor Kirk Smith's Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley, to develop a simple, web-based tool: Household Air Pollution Intervention Tool (HAPIT).
The HAPIT facilitates easy-to-use impact comparisons of clean cooking options by combining data and calculations from several sources. Health impacts are estimated by using recent findings from the 2010 Global Burden of Disease report results, including the latest exposure-response relationships caused by household air pollution for child pneumonia, heart disease, and other diseases. It also includes 2010 background health, demographic, energy, and economic conditions in the countries for which the program has been designed. The tool also derives simple cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit estimates based on the World Health Organization WHO-CHOICE methods.
HAPIT was previewed in an Alliance webinar for technical experts and potential users on August 14, and will be finalized and be publically available by the end of September.
The current version includes scenarios for 15 countries: Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia. An expanded version which includes scenarios for all countries with a substantial number of solid-fuel using households will be available by October.
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