Embedded Researchers

Students and faculty from Duke University traveled to Mandena, Madagascar, to explore the impact of open-fire cooking on human health and the environment—and to work with villagers to come up with “sustainable data-driven solutions.”
The research team collected health and air quality data and found:

  • 93% of villagers who participated had unhealthy lung capacity values.
  • 1 in 5 participants had impaired lung function.
  • Levels of particulate matter in sleeping areas were very high throughout the day.
  • Levels of carbon monoxide were extremely high in cooking areas around meal times. 

The project is part of an ongoing series of research studies in Mandena.
Source: Duke Global Health Institute

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