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What are K4Health Toolkits?

Purpose and Audiences of This Toolkit

Types of Resources in This Toolkit

How to Use This Toolkit

How can I make a comment or give feedback about this toolkit?  

How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?

Publishers of Resources Included in This Toolkit


What are K4Health Toolkits?

K4Health Toolkits are electronic collections of carefully selected information resources on a particular topic for health policy makers, program managers, and service providers. They are based on a continuous publishing principle that allows them to evolve after publication to capture additional resources and to identify and fill remaining information gaps.

Purpose and Audience of this Toolkit 

Indoor air pollution is responsible for nearly half of the more than 2 million deaths each year that are caused by acute respiratory infections (WHO, Inheriting the World: the Atlas of Children's Health and the Environment). By significantly increasing the efficiency of traditional biomass-burning (such as dung, wood and coal), by routing smoke away from cooking areas, and by reducing the need for biomass, alternative cookstoves reduce respiratory infections, reduce the impact of cooking on climate change, reduce deforestation, and reduce the time that women and children must spend gathering firewood.

We have designed this toolkit so we can share Peace Corps developed resources both globally and regionally. Furthermore, we have selected, and will continue to expand our selection of resources from our partner agencies that we think are most appropriate for staff and Volunteers. 

Types of Resources in This Toolkit

This toolkit was created to provide guidance and tools to update, develop or expand clean air and efficient cookstove projects. It contains:

  • Tools and resources to help implement a variety of clean air-related activities
  • A compilation of the most up-to-date knowledge and best practices on clean air
  • Resources on the most up-to-date evidence from the World Health Organization and other international reproductive health organizations
  • Case studies on clean air-related activities from several countries 

How to Use This Toolkit

Expanding access to and use of clean air projects requires a holistic approach–-including accurate information; up-to-date policies and guidelines; quality training, supervision, and services; effective communication and marketing; and proper logistics. This toolkit provides information on all these elements and contains tools and resources to help you implement a variety of clean air-related activities.

To browse the contents of this toolkit, use the navigation on the right to view resources related to clean air topics and programs. Each section includes a list of a number of high-quality resources selected by the Peace Corps Sector Health Specialists, further organized by source: Peace Corps or outside "technical" sources. Click on the title of the resource for more information about it, or click on the full-text link to get direct access to the full resource. 

Some of the tools are readily available in an adaptable format (e.g., Microsoft PowerPoint presentations). We encourage you to alter and personalize these tools for your own use (please remember to credit the source). If you do use these tools or adapt them, we would love to hear from you.  

How can I suggest a resource to include in this toolkit?

We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in the toolkit, please use the feedback form to suggest them. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.

How can I make a comment or give feedback about this toolkit?

We invite you to contribute to evolving and enhancing this toolkit. If you have developed or use quality resources that you think should be included in the toolkit, please use the feedback form to suggest them. The toolkit collaborators will review and consider your suggestions.