WHO   |   2007
Type: Research Report
Topic: Health
Country: Global
Worldwide, more than three billion people depend on solid fuels, including biomass (wood, dung and crop residues) and coal, for cooking and heating. Exposure to indoor air pollution from solid fuels has been linked to many different diseases, including acute and chronic respiratory diseases, tuberculosis, asthma, cardiovascular disease and perinatal health outcomes. A recent review concluded that there is strong evidence for indoor air pollution as a cause of pneumonia and other acute lower respiratory infections (ALRI) among children under five years of age, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer (in relation to coal use) among adults. Only these three diseases were included in the assessment of the burden of disease from indoor air pollution.