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 741,822
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking37%
Number of people affected by HAP274,474
Number of households affected by HAP50,645
Number of deaths per year from HAP 285
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 43
Urban population using solid fuels<5%
Rural population using solid fuels71.6%
Population using wood for cooking40.7%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.0%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.1%
Population using gas for cooking22.6%
Population using electricity for cooking34.2%
Population using other fuels for cooking2.4%