The Ghana SSBBI is a pilot study to better understand the environment, health, and welfare impacts of engaging in fish smoking as a primary livelihood activity. The study design is a case-control, where 65% of households in our sample (N=463) are engaged in fish smoking. In addition to a household survey focused on fish smoking as an economic activity, we collected detailed data on self-reported health outcomes for women engaged in fish smoking. For a subset of approximately 120 women we objectively measured carbon monoxide exposures over a 24 hour period. For a smaller sample (N=30) we collected data on exposure to particulate matter 2.5.
Research team: Pam Jagger (UNC-CH), Antwi-Boasiako Amoah (University of Ghana), Ashley Bittner (UNC-CH)
Funding: Humphrey Award (Carolina Population Center), Regional Institute on Population Studies at the University of Ghana, Ghana Environmental Protection Agency