Our aim was to develop a protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the impact of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) cooking compared to usual cooking on perinatal mortality in pregnant women in rural Bangladesh. We, therefore, aimed to assess the feasibility of the planned trial and the barriers/facilitators of distributing LPG to rural households. We conducted a feasibility study in rural Bangladesh using an iterative design. We included pregnant women, their families, and local LPG stakeholders. We distributed LPG to households for 3 months (3 cylinders) and assessed process issues, acceptability, and cooking/food behaviours. We interviewed LPG stakeholders, and conducted focus groups and in-depth interviews with the users. The initial distribution and uptake of LPG were hampered by process issues, most of these were due to the nonestablished supply chain in the study area. LPG cooking was very acceptable and all users reported a preference for continued use, fuel-sparing was heavily practiced. Safety concerns were an initial issue. LPG stakeholders reported that LPG demand differed by season. This study demonstrated the feasibility of our planned trial and the need for safety messages. These results are relevant beyond our trial, including for programs of LPG fuel promotion.
A feasibility study assessing acceptability and supply issues of distributing lpg cookstoves and gas cylinders to pregnant women living in rural Bangladesh for poriborton
The CHANge Trial
Raynes-Greenow, C., Islam, S., Khan, J., Tasnim, F., Nisha, M. K., Thornburg, J., Billah, S. M., & Alam, A. A. (2020). A feasibility study assessing acceptability and supply issues of distributing lpg cookstoves and gas cylinders to pregnant women living in rural Bangladesh for poriborton: The CHANge Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(3), . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030848