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 168,833,776
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking71%
Number of people who primarily use fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene for cooking181,300,000 (94%) (WHO, 2016)
Percentage of woodfuel harvest that is unsustainable51% (Bailis et al., 2015)
Number of people affected by HAP133,000,000
Number of households affected by HAP27,100,000
Number of deaths per year attributable to HAP 64,000 (IHME, 2017)
Number of child deaths per year attributable to HAP 23,000
Urban population using solid fuels40.4%
Rural population using solid fuels91.6%
Population using wood for cooking72.3%
Population using dung for cooking0.5%
Population using charcoal for cooking2.2%
Population using coal for cooking0.1%
Population using kerosene for cooking23.0%
Population using gas for cooking1.0%
Population using electricity for cooking0.3%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.6%