Health Research and Policy

Research in Progress Seminar (RIP)

Date: May 15, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Medical School Office Building, Rm x303
Speakers: Stephen Luby, MD
Senior Fellow, FSI and the Woods Institute; CDDRL Affiliated Faculty; Research Deputy Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health; Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and CHP/PCOR Core Faculty Member
Title: Efforts to Clean Air and Improve Health by Modifying Brick Manufacturing in Bangladesh


Bricks are a fundamental building material for Bangladesh. Most brick kilns across South Asia utilize inefficient and highly polluting technology. Pollution emitted by brick kilns surrounding Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, lead to an estimated 5,000 excess deaths per year. In Bangladesh, as across South Asia, regulations to reduce pollution from brick kilns are not consistently enforced. This talk will present a new research effort that strives to understand the incentive of stakeholders that have produced the current equilibrium in Bangladesh of inexpensive bricks with large negative externalities. It will describe planned efforts to disrupt this equilibrium to move towards a system of manufacturing bricks that generates less pollution and less adverse health outcomes.

Please note: All research in progress seminars are off-the-record. Any information about methodology/press release and/or results are embargoed until publication.
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