Some countries have access to clean cooking technologies and fuels, others are more dependent on the use of polluting, open fires or inefficient fuels 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

RegionSub-Saharan Africa
Population 25,366,462
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking76%
Number of people who primarily use fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene for cooking22,600,000 (78%) (WHO, 2016)
Percentage of woodfuel harvest that is unsustainable28% (Bailis et al., 2015)
Number of people affected by HAP21,320,000
Number of households affected by HAP5,920,000
Number of deaths per year attributable to HAP 9,800 (IHME, 2017)
Number of child deaths per year attributable to HAP 1,500
Urban population using solid fuels74.3%
Rural population using solid fuels95%>no data
Population using wood for cooking50.8%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking34.8%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.6%
Population using gas for cooking10.4%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking3.3%