Clean Cookstoves Global Ambassador Julia Roberts Recognizes World Pneumonia Day

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 10, 2011
Julia Roberts in Los Angeles

Today, Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts, who serves as Global Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, released a statement in recognition of World Pneumonia Day, which falls on November 12. In her statement, she recognizes the life-saving efforts of the Alliance, and emphasizes that the deployment of clean cookstoves and fuels can significantly reduce worldwide childhood death from pneumonia:

"I was inspired to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves because its core mission is saving lives -- especially children's lives. Of the 2 million people killed each year from diseases caused by toxic smoke from dirty stoves and open cooking fires, about half are young children who die from acute lower respiratory infections, most commonly pneumonia.

"The deployment of clean cookstoves and fuels can significantly reduce worldwide childhood death from pneumonia. Combined with our partners' global efforts to encourage vaccinations and increase basic health and wellness education, the Alliance is playing an important role in reducing pneumonia and other preventable deaths among the world's most vulnerable people."

In September 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.



Ashim C.
November 11, 2011

Ashim C. in India writes:

This reminds me that in India, a young entrepreneur has developed a manual technique of manufacturing double layered clay refrigerator / water can, which can be used for food preservation and which can have an in-built water purification system. This clay can consumes no power while in use. Similarly, there are in situ flyash based light weight concrete brick making technology and manual sandwich panel technology, which can go a long way in giving access to poor and underprevileged easy ecofriendly, durable and comfortable housing in developing countries. Possibly, USAID and such other organisations in beneficiary countries can get together and further refine technologies like these to improve quality of life of people. Like Julia Roberts local celebrities can can come forward to popularise them.

Jennifer L.
District Of Columbia, USA
November 13, 2011

Jennifer L. in Washington, D.C. writes:

Any efforts to improve people’s lives in the developing world must first be based on the locally available resources, rather than creating additional dependency on outside “expertise,” supplies, or technology. It’s also vital to avoid undermining local economies and local organizations, especially if products such as these are delivered through traditional funding mechanisms, with each layer of bureaucracy taking its share.

Clinton and Roberts need to take a more responsible approach to throwing their support behind “solutions” such as these. The media must also stop portraying foreign assistance as a kind of ever-elusive (and arrogant) search for a single, magic “silver bullet” to solve poverty. Instead, let us all focus on putting real resources behind local initiatives and means of overcoming obstacles in the developing world.

Despite whatever trend comes next from the so-called experts, policymakers, and donors, skilled and experienced people working on the ground know that no technological initiative in and of itself can offer the full answer to complex problems in the developing world.

See also this related post entitled, “Hilary, Julia, Stoves Won’t Save the World”: "’t-save-the-wo..."

November 14, 2011

Girish in India writes:

There have been many versions on cook stoves across the world, but a lot of them are like improvised version of open stove, means the smoke is still inside the home. There have also been some good examples like this one which has a chimney to take the smoke out of home, this is the most useful as women and children won't inhale the dangerous smoke.


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