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

RegionSouth Asia
Population 52,797,319
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking93%
Number of people affected by HAP50,000,000
Number of households affected by HAP10,790,062
Number of deaths per year from HAP 54,000
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 5,000
Urban population using solid fuels88.0%
Rural population using solid fuels95%>no data
Population using wood for cooking70.2%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking22.4%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.1%
Population using gas for cooking0.3%
Population using electricity for cooking3.0%
Population using other fuels for cooking4.0%