Charcoal Cooking Causes COPD in Malawi

Drs Harrington and Gallagher demonstrating spirometry on a COMPACT Workstation
Drs Harrington and Gallagher demonstrating spirometry on a COMPACT Workstation

Drs Peter Harrington and Joe Gallagher have presented a COMPACT Workstation to clinical staff for use by two institutions in Mzuzu, Malawi.

St John's Hospital Mzuzu was founded initially by the Irish Medical Missionaries of Mary and Mzuzu Central Hospital, a tertiary referral hospital which are both proud holders of Malawi's 2nd and 3rd spirometry units.

COPD incidence appears to be rising in Malawi, especially among females. Cigarette smoke is not the chief culprit, rather it is inhaled charcoal fuel is from a lifetime of cooking indoors on open charcoal stoves.

Vitalograph is pleased to support projects aimed at detecting and treating lung disease in disadvantaged areas of the world, where lung disease is often misunderstood and rarely treated. Preventing the incidence of lung disease is often simple with appropriate knowledge; the major objective is education to move away from harmful practices with essential input from political, economic, social and medical perspectives.