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Factors influencing the acquisition and correct and consistent use of the top-lit updraft cookstove in Uganda

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Research article
Authors
Namagembe A, Muller N, Scott LM, Zwisler G, Johnson M, Arney J, Charron D, and Mugisha E
Journal
J Health Commun
Summary
This study examined the effects of select behavior change interventions on the purchase and use of a top-lit updraft (TLUD) stove in Uganda, and assessed the commercial viability of the stove in the study area. The authors found that community cooking demonstrations, training, and promotion of stove use by village health teams were the most influential factors for purchase, correct, and consistent use of the TLUD, and that access to and cost of processed fuel were the greatest reported barriers. However, commercial viability analyses showed that the TLUD stove would not be commercially viable in Uganda, with or without microfinance. The authors concluded that the community engagement model could help facilitate increased acquisition and use of a lower cost stove technology with similar performance and behavior change barriers.
Population
Households with the top-lit updraft (TLUD) stove; men and women in study communities; village health team members and community sales agents

Health Outcomes

  • Not available

Environmental Agents

List of Environmental Agents: (Not available)

Source of Environmental Agents: (Not available)

Economic Evaluation / Methods and Source

Type: (Not available)

Cost Measured:

  • Wholesale cost from manufacturer of top-lit updraft stove
  • general, sales, and administrative costs with direct sales efforts
  • ongoing operation costs after sales
  • opportunity cost to prepare wood
  • cost to purchase processed wood

Potential Cost Measures:

  • Additional cost to the household of pre-processed wood

Benefits Measures: (Not available)

Potential Benefits: (Not available)

Location:

  • Wakiso district in central Uganda

Models Used:

  • AirFOAM framework

Methods Used:

  • The authors examined the effects of select behavior change interventions on the purchase and correct and consistent use of a locally fabricated top-lit updraft (TLUD) stove in Uganda and also analyzed the commercial viability of the stove in the study area. The authors — 1) conducted formative research to inform and design behavior change interventions; 2) implemented behavior change interventions (e.g., community cooking demonstrations); 3) collected qualitative and quantitative data to understand effects of interventions on adoption and correct use of the TLUD stove; 4) used a Stove Use Monitoring System with temperature-logging sensors to assess TLUD usage; and 5) conducted commercial viability analysis at the end of the project, which included: a profit-and-loss analysis, analysis of unit sales, analysis of costs incurred, and a breakeven analysis for a scenario including microfinance.

Sources Used:

  • Ugandan Bureau of Statistics (2010); Qualitative data collected from men and women in the village and from village health teams; Data on number of stoves sold collected from direct sales agents; Data generated from Stove Use Monitoring System to assess stove usage; Willingness to pay data collected from community; additional sources cited in publication

Economic Evaluation / Methods and Source

Citation:

  • Namagembe A, Muller N, Scott LM, Zwisler G, Johnson M, Arney J, Charron D, and Mugisha E. 2015. Factors influencing the acquisition and correct and consistent use of the top-lit updraft cookstove in Uganda. J Health Commun.

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NIEHS Funding: (Not available)

Other Funding:

  • United States Agency for International Development under Translating Research into Action, Cooperative Agreement No. GMS-A-00-09-00015-00