Next Article in Journal
Challenges to Achieving Sustainable Sanitation in Informal Settlements of Kigali, Rwanda
Next Article in Special Issue
Health Professionals’ Alcohol-Related Professional Practices and the Relationship between Their Personal Alcohol Attitudes and Behavior and Professional Practices: A Systematic Review
Previous Article in Journal
Volcanic Ash and Daily Mortality in Sweden after the Icelandic Volcano Eruption of May 2011
Previous Article in Special Issue
A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Health Behaviors between Saudi and British Adolescents Living in Urban Areas: Gender by Country Analyses
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(12), 6920-6938; doi:10.3390/ijerph10126920

Using Formative Research to Design a Behavior Change Strategy to Increase the Use of Improved Cookstoves in Peri-Urban Kampala, Uganda

1
PATH, 455 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20001, USA
2
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, 118 Savage Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
3
PATH, P.O. Box 24578, Kampala, Uganda
These authors contributed equally to this work.
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 9 September 2013 / Revised: 29 November 2013 / Accepted: 30 November 2013 / Published: 10 December 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [321 KB, uploaded 19 June 2014]   |  

Abstract

Household air pollution from cooking with biomass fuels negatively impacts maternal and child health and the environment, and contributes to the global burden of disease. In Uganda, nearly 20,000 young children die of household air pollution-related pneumonia every year. Qualitative research was used to identify behavioral determinants related to the acquisition and use of improved cookstoves in peri-urban Uganda. Results were used to design a behavior change strategy for the introduction of a locally-fabricated top-lit updraft gasifier (TLUD) stove in Wakiso district. A theoretical framework—opportunity, ability, and motivation—was used to guide the research and behavior change strategy development. Participants consistently cited financial considerations as the most influential factor related to improved cookstove acquisition and use. In contrast, participants did not prioritize the potential health benefits of improved cookstoves. The theoretical framework, research methodology, and behavior change strategy design process can be useful for program planners and researchers interested in identifying behavioral determinants and designing and evaluating improved cookstove interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: household air pollution; indoor air pollution; improved cookstoves; behavioral change; formative research; qualitative research; health technology; theoretical framework; Uganda household air pollution; indoor air pollution; improved cookstoves; behavioral change; formative research; qualitative research; health technology; theoretical framework; Uganda
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Martin, S.L.; Arney, J.K.; Mueller, L.M.; Kumakech, E.; Walugembe, F.; Mugisha, E. Using Formative Research to Design a Behavior Change Strategy to Increase the Use of Improved Cookstoves in Peri-Urban Kampala, Uganda. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 6920-6938.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top