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Radha's Message
Radha Muthiah

Dear Friends,

It’s been an incredibly busy August as we kicked off new programs in Nepal and Ghana while also gearing up for an autumn filled with market building, advocacy, and awareness-raising activities.

In Kathmandu, key partners helped launch an Alliance-led program to promote smoke-free kitchens, while in Accra, the Alliance joined the Ghana EPA to kick off a new air quality monitoring program to better measure household air pollution. We were also glad to work with National Geographic on a beautiful photo essay and feature story about clean cooking efforts in Guatemala, which will help educate millions of NatGeo readers globally about this issue!

Looking ahead, Alliance partners and champions will promote clean cooking at a host of events and activities during the United Nations General Assembly in September. And of course, the Clean Cooking Forum kicks off on October 24 in New Delhi, where we’ve lined up an impressive list of speakers, plenary discussions, and site visits. I look forward to seeing many of you next month in New York and this October in India!

Thanks for your continued support as we work toward September, October, and beyond.


Radha Muthiah

From the Alliance
Smoke-free kitchen project launched in Nepal

The Alliance launched a comprehensive set of activities to promote smoke-free kitchens in Nepal, where household air pollution accounts for over 18,000 premature deaths each year.

gac17-8: Nepal smoke-free kitchens project
Ghana EPA begins measuring effects of household air pollution

With support from the Alliance and other partners, Ghana EPA has launched an effort to better understand the health impacts of household air pollution by incorporating it into their air quality monitoring platform.  


New site visits added to Clean Cooking Forum schedule

Several site visits have been added to the post-Forum agenda, including a day trip to visit LPG processing plants in Delhi and an overnight trip to visit Frontier Market's women entrepreneur projects in Dholpur with a sunrise stop at the Taj Mahal. Read more and sign up.

gac17-08: Site visits
"Upgrade to Gas" campaign launches in Nigeria

This month Africare kicked off a community outreach campaign as part of an Alliance-supported behavior change communication intervention in Nigeria to increase the use of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels. 

From the Sector
National Geographic: Feature on clean cooking in Guatemala

Efforts are underway to promote cleaner cookstoves and fuels in Guatemala, but barriers to adoption remain. A new National Geographic photo essay highlights the work of the Alliance and partners to scale up clean cooking.

gac17-08: Nat Geo
Study explores new approach to assessing the health benefits of clean cooking

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring shows promise as a measure for assessing cardiovascular health benefits of clean cooking interventions, according to a study published in Environmental Health.

Maasai women bring clean energy to rural villages

Beatrice Marpe is a women's leader in the remote village of Tokoishi, about 1000 km south of Nairobi. The job of a Maasai women's leader is ususally to help solve marital issues, but Marpe has taken on a new role: solar ambassador.

gac17-08: Maasai women
The Asian cities battling the worst air pollution are doing the most to combat it

In many Asian cities, blue skies have become a rarity for an entire generation of children. Cities are now taking immediate and drastic steps to address their air pollution problems, as highlighted in a global campaign led by Alliance partners WHO, UN Environment, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

Invisible and ignored: air pollution inside the homes of Nairobi's residents

Reducing exposure to both indoor and outdoor air pollution is critical to improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations in the informal settlements in Africa's cities.

gac17-08: Invisible and Ignored
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused 3.2 million death worldwide in 2015

Latest global estimates illustrate the vast impact of the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, with 3.2 million deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and 0.4 million deaths caused by asthma in 2015.

gac17-08: Partner Spotlight - WANA
Partner Spotlight
Wana Energy Solutions

WANA Energy Solutions is a Ugandan-owned company that was established in 2008 by Emmy Wasirwa, a medical doctor with a mission to distribute LPG to Ugandans as an alternative cooking fuel.

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a United Nations Foundation-hosted public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance's goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with over 1700 public, private, and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels in the developing world.

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