Medical Committee Netherlands - Vietnam


MCNV is contributing to the effective and structural improvement of the health status and quality of life of disadvantaged groups in the Vietnamese population, and other countries in Southeast Asia, by developing methods in collaboration with MCNV’s counterparts to include disadvantaged groups in the development process.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

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Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

MCNV conducts action research on fuel efficient stoves, household energy and indoor air pollution in China, Cambodia and Vietnam (international/urban). It also includes a program component on fuel efficient stoves for ethnic minorities in mountainous areas (community/national).

Fuels/Technologies: Biomass
Sectors of Experience: Behavior Change
Rural Development
Small Business
Countries of Operation: China
United States

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

MCNV has experience in research and interventions to address gender and ethnicity based barriers to fuel efficient stoves in rural areas. It is working with urban poor on coal production and coal usage for cooking. Other areas of focus include social factors of environmental health problems, and family based decision making processes.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

MCNV has experience in market and usability research on coal usage among urban poor, and participatory design of fuel efficient stoves.

MCNV is interested in value chain analysis of coal production honeycomb coal, financial sustainability >2 years, and recycling and maintenance of old stoves.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

MCNV is interested in quality standards and environmental costs of industrial vs. community-based production of fuel efficient stoves.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

MCNV has experience in participatory rapid appraisals, community-based M&E, gender mainstreaming, and qualitative environmental health studies.

MCNV is interested in the linkage of indoor and outdoor air pollution, the linkage of indoor air pollution due to coal with other indoor air pollution (paint, furniture), and cleaning up local cottage coal production sites.

Relevant Publications or Studies

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