Health issues are clearly related to the traditional Guatemala Open Fire Wood Burning stove or Plancha method of Cooking. As we seek out a means of telling Guatemala and the world about our Perfect Guatemala Wood Stove Project some facts about the health issues need to be considered. Below we have included information from a reliable none NGO source talking about Guatemala Wood Cooking stove.
Throughout Guatemala as one travels we see piles of firewood offered for sale along roadside outlets. For tourists traveling through Guatemala they see fire wood not realizing that these piles of firewood are causing long term medical issues for locals that are financially limited in order to change the means they cook on wood burning stoves. That is what our Guatemala Stove Project plans to change.
For the last 15 years NGO’s have been working in Guatemala to change the ways families in Villages throughout Guatemala use and cook on wood burning stoves. Use meaning each day wood has to be gathered by the family not all can afford to buy wood from the road side sellers we see in our travels.
Has these NGO’s made a difference yes but limited. When the largest NGO claims they have installed 3500 stoves over a ten year period and hundreds of thousands of Guatemalan’s have to scavenge for wood each day something is wrong. Back to our Wood Stove Project in San Antonio Aguas Calientes Guatemala. We are not an NGO we are locals from the community that see the need for change. Change by making our Wood Stove Project an event ran by the community. NGO’s survival is because the problem exists. One would think after 10 years of offering Wood Stoves that a solution would be found.
We are not perfect in our plans all we know is that the small village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes Guatemala is about to become one of many local villages building there own Guatemala Wood Stoves. Yes they will need help, not form an NGO.
Cardiovascular sub study population
After randomization and stove installation, we recruited women > 38 years of age living in households of the main study in 18 villages closest to the study headquarters. The baseline questionnaire provided a list of 238 women (115 control, 123 intervention), among whom 208 (104 control, 104 intervention) were living and found at home during the sub study recruitment visit. The additional eligibility criteria, which were met by 185 (95 control, 90 intervention) of these women, were that they cooked daily and resided in a study house at the time of recruitment. Among the 185 eligible women invited to participate, the response rates were 75% among the control households and 54% among the intervention households, resulting in 120 (71 control, 49 intervention) participants overall. None of these women were pregnant, had given birth during the previous three months, nor were breast-feeding at the time of the study. Most were grandmothers of a child in the main study.
Before intervention, all recruited households used open fires at or near kitchen-floor level without a chimney. The intervention—an improved wood stove called the plancha—has been widely disseminated in Guatemala. Key features of the stove are a cooking surface at waist height, an enclosed combustion chamber, and a chimney to vent emissions from the kitchen. An outer wall of concrete blocks and bricks is filled partly with earth, on top of which the firebrick combustion chamber is formed. The cooking surface is a metal plate used for making tortillas and has three potholes with concentric rings and a centre disk that can be removed to place a pot directly over the fire. The front of the stove has a door for fuel feeding, and the chimney is attached to the back of the combustion chamber.
Source for this information came from NCBI