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View the documentHEDON in action with World Health Organization July 1996

HEDON in action with World Health Organization July 1996

Report of 7th meeting. Geneva. July 1996. by Ian Grant

Since its first meeting in 1991 HEDON has been a forum for exchange of information between northern-based workers and organizations engaged in stove and household energy work for the developing world. At its general meeting it took a major step forward with plans for promoting and co-ordinating work within the very important field of reducing smoke pollution and its harmful effects on the health of women and children. Despite the well documented evidence of the serious damage caused, the major agencies and governments have shown little interest when compared with the extensive campaigns against cigarette smoking in Europe and the USA.

The meeting was attended by fifteen HEDON members from nine countries plus seven WHO professional staff members. Dr W. Kreisel, Executive Director Environmental Health Programme, WHO, opened the two-day meeting.

The main focus of the meeting was to agree and plan a programme of work which could be implemented by HEDON through its participating organizations. This would look at all aspects of the smoke health problem; from identification and measurement of sources and causes to possible interventions to alleviate indoor air pollution and reduce health effects. The following activities were agreed as important areas in which practical activities could take place:

· developing a set of criteria for assessing various aspects of household energy work. These would operate on four levels: technical, social, health and political;

· producing a new health criteria document on principles and methods to assess human exposure to biofuels;

· contributing a chapter to the forthcoming World Resources Institute report on Environment and Health;

· developing a framework to understanding more clearly the various ways in which changes impact on household energy patterns

· developing a small set of indicators related to household energy supply and use on a global level e.g. a national census could ask basic questions on types of domestic fuel etc.;

· compiling a document on the 'Healthy Kitchen' approach;

· establishing a list of currently available monitoring equipment, with its merits and faults;

· developing a list of the minimum number of variables required to gauge overall conditions in a community;

· promoting an understanding of the link between household energy and health through journals;

· identifying partners for cooperation to take the work forward, maximising future impact at field level.

A drafting committee, consisting of J. Sims, A. Klingshim and K. Prasad, with K.Smith as a consultant, was appointed to prepare a HEDON project proposal in time for the next meeting.

Technical Enquiries to ITDG

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Back issues of Boiling Point

If you would like a copy of any back issues, please contact us. Multiple copies will be charged at œ2 per copy plus postage. A detailed index of all Boiling Point articles is also available, and will shortly be produced on disk.


Alternative Fuels


Safer and Less Smoky Stove


Kitchens, Pots and Cooking Practices


Stove Progress in Kenya and Sri Lanka


Muds, Clays and Metals for Stove Making


Fault Finding and Fixing


Stove Programmes in the 90s


Stoves Will Not Sell Themselves


Non-biomass Stoves


Stoves, Energy and the Environment


Other Uses for Stoves


Measures of Success


Solar Energy


Funding for Stove Programmes


Technology and Design Transfer


Women, Woodfuel, Work and Welfare


Biomass Combustion, Chimneys and Hoods


Household Energy Developments in Southern and East Africa


Sales and Subsidies


Clays for Stoves


Energy for the Household.


Household Energy Developments in Asia


Smoke Removal


How Much Can NGOs Achieve


Solar Energy in the Home


Household Energy in Emergency Situations

Editorial and Production Team

Ian Grant


Elizabeth Bates


Sandra Gibson

Administration Secretary

Steve Fisher

Head Office Technology Unit Manager

Alison Doig

Energy Project Team Leader

Smail Khennas

International Programme Manager

Agnes Klingshim

GTZ Representative

Cornelia Sepp

GTZ Editor

Ann Watts

Advisory Panel Member


M Abdelrazig, T Ahmad, G Ballard-Tremeer, N K Bansal, K Banskota, M S Bhandari, BB Gurung, H H Jawurek, B T Luvhimbi, B Pierre, H Polak, K Rijal, M Saleem, G U Sarhandi, P Simonis, P A Sopade, K M Sulpya, P Young.

Illustration on back cover: Matthew Whitton

Contributions to Boiling Point

Contributions are invited for the next two issues of Boiling Point, the themes of which will be:

· BP39: July 1997 Biomass fuels: their use and how different fuels affect technology choice. This edition will include charcoal and briquetting

· BP40: December 1997 Household energy. smoke and health. This edition will be mainly about the effects of smoke on health but contributions on how health can be affected by improved household energy provision would also be very valuable.

Contributions are welcome in the form of articles of not more than 1500 words in length. Drawings, photographs, graphs, and bar charts are all very welcome. Articles can be submitted as typescripts or on disc (preferably Wordperfect 5.1 or ASCII).

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