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Energy poverty, shack fires and childhood burns

Show simple item record Kimemia, David Van Niekerk, Ashley 2022-04-19T14:14:05Z 2022-04-19T14:14:05Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Kimemia, D. K., & Van Niekerk, A. (2017). Energy poverty, shack fires and childhood burns. South African Medical Journal, 107(4), 289-291. en
dc.identifier.uri 10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i4.12436
dc.description.abstract Burn injuries are a persisting challenge in South Africa. Energy poverty, prevalent in under-resourced communities, is a key contributor to the problem. The energy-poor rely on solid fuels and flammable hydrocarbons, such as paraffin, for energy services. The fuels are burnt in inefficient, leaky and unstable appliances, leading to health losses from pollutant emissions, burns, and conflagrations. Within cramped informal home settings, using flammable fuels and risky combustion technologies, the situation can become devastating, especially for young children. Those who survive fiery incidents have to contend with trauma and property losses that may lead to further impoverishment. Proactive intervention strategies are required and should include the broadening of access to safe and sustainable energy. We advocate greater enforcement of home appliance standards and targeted support for the distribution of proven alternative energy technologies, such as liquefied petroleum gas and solar power. Support and advocacy from professional and citizen groups would be necessary to ensure that government prioritises the safe energy requirements of poor citizens. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject energy poverty en
dc.subject shackfire en
dc.subject childhood burns en
dc.title Energy poverty, shack fires and childhood burns en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Institute for Social and Health Studies (ISHS) en

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