Hello and thank you again for supporting the work of our multidisciplinary team of Emory students in Los Robles, Nicaragua. We wanted to share what we have been doing for the past six weeks, none of which would have been possible without your support.
During our first few weeks, we spent most of our time working closely with the Brigadistas, a team of community health workers, to better understand the current health conditions in Los Robles. This included many discussions on respiratory disease management and the challenges created by the current unhealthy stoves being used in most homes.
Working alongside the Brigadistas has taught us so much, and we are thankful for the opportunity. We’ve held training sessions to not only improve the skills and outreach capacity of the Brigadistas but also to educate the entire community. We have learned that there is a widespread understanding of the negative impact of household smoke on respiratory health, but there hasn’t been enough community support to improve health. Through household assessments, we have been able to identify the families that are most in need of new stoves and set timelines for installation.
We have also identified partners to provide the materials and labor necessary to build and install the stoves going forward, and we are educating the community so that they may continue this program to improve their health in the future.
Thank you again for your support!