There are approximately 3 billion people who cook on open fire or traditional stoves using biomass fuels in the world today. Such cooking method can produce a high level of indoor pollutants, such as particulate matters and carbon monoxide. This can lead to serious health issues including pneumonia, COPD, lung cancer, ischemic heart disease, stroke and cataract. According to WHO, 4.3 million people, mainly women and children, die from the exposure to indoor air pollution each year globally (WHO, 2016). In Kenya, 76% of the population -35 million people- use traditional biomass stoves for cooking, causing an estimated 15,000 deaths (SEI, 2016). Nandi people live in the western part of highlands of Kenya. They are a part of of Kalenjin ethnic group. Their total population is around 949,000 (2009).
Our project partners are AMPATH Kenya, Moi University and the Nandi Community. Moi University is located in the town of Eldoret, which is just by Nandi County. We will work with a team from Moi University to build and deliver a low cost air quality sensor for Nandi community and examine the efficiency of new, clean kitchen systems developed by local women. AMPATH Kenya is a program based on partnerships between North American academic institutions and Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in western Kenya.