FACTORS THAT AFFECT DECISION MAKING ABOUT
In order to ensure the
appropriateness and adequacy
an indoor air quality improvement project many factors need to be
during both the planning and implementing stages. These factors
not only physical factors such as available
materials for constructing an improved stove, but also non-physical
such as the reasons foods are cooked in certain
manners. The following figure shows the main factors that need to be
considered when deciding which method should be used to improve indoor
air quality. Each area is then explained in more detail.
Click for More details on: Fuel Information, Household
Technology, Household Data,
Education/Health, Social/Cultural Norms and
Fuel Information consists
- Type of fuel: biomass, fossil fuel, solar etc.
- Quality of fuel: how well does the wood burn?
- Quantity of fuel required: both what is actually needed to
accomplish cooking tasks, and what is actually used.
- Maintenance of fuel supply: is the wood kept dry? are containers
kept free of contamination?
- Price and availability of fuel
- Labor: Who collects the fuel and how is it collected?
Technologies consists of...
- Type of cooking device: stove, open pit, improved stove
- Other stove specifications
- Other cooking implements
- Conditions of devices and technologies
- Existence and conditions of chimneys, flues and ventilation other
than household openings
- Proper use of current technologies
- Temperature of cooking fire
- Labor involved in implementing new technologies
Education and Health
- Level of awareness of indoor air pollution and its health
affects, awareness of specific problems
- Technical knowledge of cooking devices, ventilation devices and
principles of solving air quality problems
- Level of awareness of other effects of indoor air pollution such
as diminished visibility etc.
- Childcare practices and health precautions
Household Data consists of...
- Number of rooms, purpose of each
- Dimensions and shape of each room
- Layout of furniture in household
- Number of people, age, health, sex
- Use of household, times of day, numbers of people during
- Location of home particularly in respect to wind
- Moisture levels in the household
- Natural ventilation in the household
Cooking and/or Fires consist of...
- Private versus public meal taking and preparation
- Religious/cultural significance of fire use and special
- Where do and can individuals eat?
- Gender roles
- Types and quantities of foods that
- Required cooking times and time
thought to be required for cooking
- Required cooking heats
- Purpose of cooking: disinfection,
taste, drying, smoking
- Eating in same area as cooking
- Activities and location of others
in or around the cooking area during meal preparation
- Use of insulated containers,