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 country-level snapshots of a range of factors related to access to clean cookstoves and fuels.

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By the Numbers

RegionSouth Asia
Population 27,474,377
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking80%
Number of people affected by HAP23,000,000
Number of households affected by HAP4,055,549
Number of deaths per year from HAP 18,000
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 4,524
Urban population using solid fuels36.3%
Rural population using solid fuels91.4%
Population using wood for cooking75.2%
Population using dung for cooking8.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.1%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking3.5%
Population using gas for cooking12.6%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.5%