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

RegionSub-Saharan Africa
Population 12,448,175
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking93%
Number of people affected by HAP11,576,803
Number of households affected by HAP2,269,961
Number of deaths per year from HAP 10,887
Number of child deaths per year from HAP 7,910
Urban population using solid fuels94.5%
Rural population using solid fuels95%>no data
Population using wood for cooking70.8%
Population using dung for cooking0.1%
Population using charcoal for cooking15.4%
Population using coal for cooking4.9%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.3%
Population using gas for cooking1.5%
Population using electricity for cooking0.7%
Population using other fuels for cooking6.3%