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

RegionSouth Asia
CountryLao PDR
Population 6,645,827
GDP per capita (USD) $ 1,417.08
Income per day (USD) $ 3.88
Urban Population35%
Rural Population65%
Average Household Size5


Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking98%
Number of people affected by HAP6,512,910
Number of households affected by HAP1,431,213
Number of deaths per year from HAP 5,716
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 1,096
Urban population using solid fuels91.3%
Rural population using solid fuels>95%
Population using wood for cooking74.8%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking1.5%
Population using coal for cooking21.1%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking1.1%
Population using electricity for cooking1.5%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.0%

Cookstoves by Comparison

Percentage with access to electricity
Percentage with access to improved water70%
Percentage with access to improved sanitation62%
Diarrhea deaths per year2,300
Deaths per year from outdoor air pollution <100
Deaths per year from malaria100
Deaths per year from tuberculosis1,400
Deaths per year from HIV/AIDS0
Annual PM10[mg/m3]*45


Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Infrasturcture strength scoreno data
Prevailance of lending institutions9
Number of borrowers41,000
Penetration of credit unions0.35%
Ease of doing business score*163
Starting business score82
Getting credit score154
Protecting investors score187
Trading across borders score160


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 women0%

Energy & Environment

Existence and success of businesses/social enterpriseslow
Environmental problems
Environmental considerations
Carbon dioxide emissions0.24