4 December 2012

Kenya: U.S. Cookstoves Initiatives Director to Visit Safe Water and Aids Programs

press release

Jacob Moss, Director of U.S. Cookstoves Initiatives at the U.S. Department of State, will visit the Safe Water and AIDS Program's (SWAP) model village outside Kisumu in Ahero, Kenya, on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. Media are invited to attend the event. The visit will highlight the partnership between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SWAP to evaluate several new stove technologies for acceptability, sustainability, and impact on indoor air quality. The SWAP model village was established in 2011 as a demonstration center to showcase and promote health products, improved cookstoves, and clean toilets with hand washing facilities as well as a community center for educational training.

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 3:15 p.m.

What: Tour SWAP model village and photo opportunity

Location: Safe Water and AIDS Program model village, Ahero, Nyando Division, Nyanza

Background: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is an innovative public-private partnership launched by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in September 2010 and led by the United Nations Foundation. The initiative aims to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance's "100 by 20" goal calls for 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance works with public, private, and non-profit partners to help overcome the market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves in the developing world. Development of a global clean cookstove industry that is constantly innovating to improve design and performance, while lowering the cost of stoves, can lead the way to widespread adoption of clean cooking solutions.

Note to editors: CDC will provide transport from Kisumu to Ahero town for reporters covering the event. Reporters should RSVP to Sara Test to reserve a seat in the vehicle the day prior. Please meet at the lobby of the Imperial Hotel by 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday. The vehicle will depart at 2:00 p.m. sharp or prior to that time if full.

Media interested in attending are requested to contact Sara Test to RSVP: Sara Test, Communications Specialist, CDC-Kenya

+254 (0) 726 089 322/ stest@ke.cdc.gov

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