MEIRU participates in a large cluster randomised trial of advanced cookstoves – the Cooking and Pneumonia Study.

Wood fire in a village distillery

Capitalising on this work, we are also looking at the impact of reduced need for wood collection and reduced cooking times on school attendance, and the impact of reduction in household air pollution on pneumococcal carriage in very young children. The findings from this study were published in the Lancet and a series of videos about the study are available on YouTube.

Mortimer, K., Ndamala, C.B., Naunje, A.W., Malava, J., Katundu, C., Weston, W., Havens, D., Pope, D., Bruce, N.G., Nyirenda, M. and Wang, D., 2017. A cleaner burning biomass-fuelled cookstove intervention to prevent pneumonia in children under 5 years old in rural Malawi (the Cooking and Pneumonia Study): a cluster randomised controlled trial. The Lancet389 (10065), pp.167-175.