The Impact of Electricity Outages on Health Outcomes of Children in Kyrgyzstan
|Author(s):|| Yermone Sargsyan MSc., |
|Type:||Article in collection|
|ISSN / ISBN:||978-88-942781-6-3|
|Published in:||Sargsyan Y. (2021):The Impact of Electricity Outages on Health Outcomes of Children in Kyrgyzstan.The Italian Association of Energy Economists (AIEE)|
|Publishing place:||Rome , Italy|
|Keywords:||electricity outages; child health; height-forage; weight-for-age; developing countries; transition economies|
|JEL codes:||I12, I14, J13, P36, Q53, Q41|
|Suggested Citation:||6th AIEE Energy Symposium - Current and Future Challenges to Energy Security - Executive Summaries. virtual conference, 14-16 December, Italy. Published 2021 by: The Italian Association of Energy Economists (AIEE), Rome , Italy|
|Grants:||GAUK 327421 Residential Energy Demand, Adoption of Energy Efficient Technologies, and Electricity Disruptions in Transition Economies|
|Abstract:||As electricity prices in developing countries are relatively low to recover the costs of provision, proper investment in infrastructure for the generation and distribution of electricity is usually absent. These results in frequent outages or rolling blackouts by the electricity suppliers aimed to manage the difference in supply and demand. Such outages commonly occur in some developing countries and can have a significant impact on certain households (Ali, 2016).
The frequent electricity outages may create sizeable problems for the households in terms of storing food, and cooling their households as the work of refrigerators and AC’s is constantly interrupted, especially in countries like Kyrgyzstan where extremely hot summers are rather a rule than exception. This in turn may affect the health status of the households negatively, especially among very young (aged 0-5) parts of population.
In winter if reliable electricity supply is absent households often use coal or wood to heat their homes. Most of the residents in these regions who do not have access to the centralized infrastructure burn coal in self-made coal stoves to heat their homes. These self-made stoves are usually of poor quality resulting in indoor air pollution, which in turn is a catalyst for various respiratory diseases (Akhmetov, 2014).