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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General Info

RegionSub-Saharan Africa
CountrySierra Leone
Population 5,978,727
GDP per capita (USD) $ 634.92
Income per day (USD) $ 1.74
Urban Population40%
Rural Population60%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking98%
Number of people affected by HAP5,859,152
Number of households affected by HAP1,093,532
Number of deaths per year from HAP 3,304
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 1,547
Urban population using solid fuels>95%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking85.2%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking13.8%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.7%
Population using gas for cooking0.1%
Population using electricity for cooking0.0%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.2%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water58%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation13%
Diarrhea deaths per year16,200
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution700
Deaths per year from malaria9,300
Deaths per year from tuberculosis5,200
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS2,900
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*36


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions
Number of borrowers
Penetration of credit unionsno data
Ease of doing business score*137
Starting business score75
Getting credit score82
Protecting investors score21
Trading across borders score140


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Overall womens empowerment indicator* score
Economic participation and opportunity*no data
Educational attainment score*no data
Health and survival*no data
Political empowerment score*no data
Percentage of girls in primary school
Literacy rate of women33%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problemsdeforestation
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions0.23