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 179,160,111
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking62%
Number of people affected by HAP111,079,269
Number of households affected by HAP16,335,187
Number of deaths per year from HAP 114,806
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 33,673
Urban population using solid fuels30.8%
Rural population using solid fuels90.6%
Population using wood for cooking60.2%
Population using dung for cooking6.9%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.4%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking32.1%
Population using electricity for cooking0.2%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.2%