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TRAction Project and the Global Alliance for Clean Cooking hold the first ever Clinical Education Training on Household Air Pollution

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

In response to the Ghana Ministry of Health’s prioritization of household air pollution (HAP) as a key public health issue, TRAction Project, in partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, held a clinical training in Accra, Ghana on household air pollution as part of a continuing professional development (CPD) a.k.a. continuing medical education (CME) event accredited by Ghana’s Medical and Dental Council.

The training was a major advance for the HAP field as it was the first time the issue has been included in a continuing medical education training with clinicians, both in Ghana and globally. Ghana is a global leader in promoting clean cooking, with current government pilot programs underway to distribute LPG cook stoves in several communities and ongoing research being conducted by a lead research institution to measure the implementation of these pilot programs.

The one-day training, held on June 7th, included presentations from researchers from Ghana, Cameroon and the United States, and remarks from two leaders of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Abraham Hodgson, Director of the Research and Development Division and Dr. Gloria Quansah Asare, Deputy Director. The event was well attended and brought a variety of clinicians from Accra and surrounding areas.

The training provided clinicians with emerging evidence and public health relevance of HAP and ambient air pollution in Ghana and globally; shared clean cooking options to reduce HAP; highlighted national and global research on clean cooking programs; demonstrated the use of HAPIT, an interactive tool to estimate health benefits of scaling up clean cooking; and educated providers on signs and symptoms of HAP health effects and discussed how to promote exclusive use of clean cooking technologies.

HAP is a global problem caused when solid fuels (such as wood, dung, crop residue, charcoal, and coal) are burned inside, over open fires or inefficient traditional stoves. Nearly 3 billion people (mostly living in developing countries) use solid fuels for cooking and heating. HAP can cause stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute lower respiratory disease and lung cancer. HAP led to approximately 4.3 premature deaths globally in 2012 and is the third greatest risk factor for health.  

The event was featured in the All Ghana News on June 23rd. Read the article here.

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