Juliana de Paz is 49 years old and has 11 children, eight are still living. She has been cooking over a traditional since she was a seven years old. “When I first started cooking, I cooked over rocks in the ground. I started using this type of traditional stove when I was fifteen.” Juliana said that when she cooks over this traditional stove there is a lot of smoke. “I started having these symptoms when I was 35 years old.” She currently suffers from coughs, headaches and flu-like symptoms.
As part of Colorado State University on Household Air Pollution, HAP, Juliana received a new stove a few weeks after our interview in March of 2017. A member of the Honduran Cookstove Study team takes blood samples from Juliana to take a number of health measurements. The study looks a novel health measure that look at inflammation and different antibody measures. They hope to see if these changes in cookstove’s can show any improvement in women’s health over time.