Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University





September 30, 2013 - News

To promote adoption of household health technologies, think beyond health

By Mark C. Thurber

PESD associate director Mark Thurber and research collaborators at Stanford have found in a review of the medical and public health literatures that health improvement is rarely the principal reason why households adopt health-improving technologies like insecticide-treated nets, point-of-use water treatments, and improved biomass cookstoves. These findings, which appear in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest that wider health impact can be achieved by paying more attention to non-health motivations for adoption.