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

RegionSouth Asia
Population 154,695,368
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking81%
Number of people who primarily use fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene for cooking135,500,000 (82%) (WHO, 2016)
Percentage of woodfuel harvest that is unsustainable50% (Bailis et al., 2015)
Number of people affected by HAP132,600,000
Number of households affected by HAP29,480,000
Number of deaths per year attributable to HAP 70,000 (IHME, 2017)
Number of child deaths per year attributable to HAP 7,200
Urban population using solid fuels59.9%
Rural population using solid fuels99.0%
Population using wood for cooking82.6%
Population using dung for cooking8.3%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.0%
Population using coal for cooking0.0%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking8.8%
Population using electricity for cooking0.0%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.3%