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R. Geigy Award Winner 2018

Stella Hartinger-Peña

Country: Peru, born: 1980

«It is a male-dominated society, thus many team members had difficulty accepting me as their boss»

 

Stella Hartinger-Peña's work adresses pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition in the Andes mountains of Peru. Her work has won her this year's R. Geigy Award.

 

Cajamarca in Northwestern Peru is one of the poorest regions of the country. It is here where Stella Hartinger-Peña embarked on a scientific project that had a long-lasting effect on the health of the population. Inhabitants spend their lives raising cattle or mining. Cooking is done indoors over an open fire, and running water is non-existent. In a project financed by the UBS Optimus Foundation, these indoor fire places were replaced with new, energy-efficient cookers to reduce the number of particles in the household air. Thanks to running water, built-in sinks and hygiene education, diarrhoea cases in children could be reduced by 30%. "The biggest success of the project is surely the fact that even today, over 80% of the people are still using our cookers", says Stella Hartinger-Peña. However, working in Cajamarca was not always easy. «It is a male-dominated society, thus many team members had difficulty accepting me as their boss», Hartinger-Peña recounts. 

 

 

 




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