Indoor air quality is well known to be a major
health issue in areas of the least developed countries of the
world. In fact, both the largest indoor concentrations of many
dangerous pollutants and the greatest exposure to these pollutants
are found in rural areas of the developing world. 
The main consequence of poor air quality is severe respiratory
illness and death. 2.7 to 2.8 million deaths a year are attributed
to indoor air pollution with special attention paid to the impact
of indoor air pollution on younger children.
Since indoor pollution occurs inside of small homes in the developing
world there is a great risk to children who are both consistently
around the home and whose immune systems are not as strong as
there adult counterparts. Besides its immediate health affects,
indoor air pollution causes damage to housing materials, affects
visibility and causes odor and visual problems. While smoking
tobacco is a widespread practice in many communities, the main
source of indoor air pollution is attributed to household cooking
with wood and other biofuels. Indoor air pollution is caused both
by the open fires used to cook food and by the practices associated
with the kitchen and meal preparation.
Solutions to this problem have ranged from the implementation
of improved stoves to communal food preparation to improved cooking
methods that cut down on cooking time. There are a wealth of studies,
reports and information available in literature and on the internet
about the various solutions to the problem of indoor air pollution
in the lesser developed world. As some of these sources attest,
it is important for not only the proposed solution to physically
accomplish its goal but also for the solution to be accepted by
the household and/or village that is implementing it. Only solutions
that are adequate and appropriate are acceptable and will help
the community in the long term.
1.To briefly describe the constituents
of indoor air pollution in the developing world.
2. To describe several methods and specific technologies and/or practices of improving indoor air quality.
3. To present factors that need to be considered when deciding which methods should be used to improve indoor air quality.
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