There are multiple factors that determine the health, environmental, economic, and climate impacts from cooking on a country’s inhabitants. While some countries have access to clean cooking technologies and fuels, others are more dependent on the use of solid fuels, rudimentary cookstoves, and open fires for their household cooking needs. The Alliance has gathered information from a number of sources to provide a snapshot of a range of factors including: overview of access to clean cookstoves and fuels, demographic and household data, adoption indicators, economic statistics, and other pertinent health and gender resources.

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By the Numbers

RegionSub-Saharan Africa
Population 43,178,141
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking84%
Number of people affected by HAP38,680,000
Number of households affected by HAP7,884,000
Number of deaths per year from HAP 16,500
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 8,200
Urban population using solid fuels31.9%
Rural population using solid fuels95%>no data
Population using wood for cooking68.7%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking13.3%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking13.2%
Population using gas for cooking3.5%
Population using electricity for cooking0.6%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.7%