The effect of housing characteristics and occupant activities on the respiratory health of women and children in Lao PDR

Mengersen, Kerrie, Morawska, Lidia, Wang, Hao, Murphy, Neil, Tayphasavanh, Fengthong, Darasavong, Konkeo, & Holmes, Nicholas S. (2011) The effect of housing characteristics and occupant activities on the respiratory health of women and children in Lao PDR. Science of the Total Environment, 409(8), pp. 1378-1384.

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The paper presents the results of a study conducted into the relationship between dwelling characteristics and occupant activities with the respiratory health of resident women and children in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR). Lao is one of the least developed countries in south-east Asia with poor life expectancies and mortality rates. The study, commissioned by the World Health Organisation, included questionnaires delivered to residents of 356 dwellings in nine districts in Lao PDR over a five month period (December 2005-April 2006), with the aim of identifying the association between respiratory health and indoor air pollution, in particular exposures related to indoor biomass burning. Adjusted odds ratios were calculated for each health outcome separately using binary logistic regression. After adjusting for age, a wide range of symptoms of respiratory illness in women and children aged 1-4 years were positively associated with a range of indoor exposures related to indoor cooking, including exposure to a fire and location of the cooking place. Among women, “dust always inside the house” and smoking were also identified as strong risk factors for respiratory illness. Other strong risk factors for children, after adjusting for age and gender, included dust and drying clothes inside. This analysis confirms the role of indoor air pollution in the burden of disease among women and children in Lao PDR.

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ID Code: 48964
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Developing countries, respiratory health outcome, pulmonary disease, indoor air pollution
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.01.016
ISSN: 0048-9697
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200) > Environmental Monitoring (050206)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in <Science of the Total Environment>. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Science of the Total Environment, [VOL 409, ISSUE 8, (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.01.016
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2012 22:38
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2012 19:26

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