UCSF Sustainability Stories



Lisa Thompson Receives a Stars in Global Health Grant

LisaGrand Challenges Canada awarded associate professor in the UCSF Department of Family Health Care Nursing Lisa Thompson, RN, PhD, FNP a “Stars in Global Health” grant. Funded by the Government of Canada, the grant will deliver affordable gas stoves and household health education to low-income families exposed to toxic levels of household air pollution (HAP). The pilot study will train women entrepreneurs to sell liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and provide education to families with a goal to reduce their exposure to HAP. The pilot will test whether a market-based model, supported by education, will lead to the adoption, uptake, and sustained use of LPG stoves.

HAP from burning wood, charcoal, dung, agricultural waste and other solid biomass cooking fuels affects 2.7 billion people worldwide – 38% of humanity – and causes 4 million premature deaths a year.  That’s more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis (TB) combined. Exposure to HAP is associated with pneumonia, COPD, lung cancer, TB, cardiovascular disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes and cataracts.  This project is the first social enterprise to offer market-based affordable gas stoves to low-income families exposed to toxic levels of woodsmoke.  This project’s novel approach deploys women entrepreneurs to sell gas stoves and provide education about HAP.

Lisa is on the UCSF Advisory Committee on Sustainability for FY2014-16 and served on the formerly named Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability from FY2012-14.

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