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 1,252,139,596
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking60%
Number of people who primarily use fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene for cooking789,600,000 (59%) (WHO, 2016)
Percentage of woodfuel harvest that is unsustainable23% (Bailis et al., 2015)
Number of people affected by HAP564,100,000
Number of households affected by HAP117,500,000
Number of deaths per year attributable to HAP 481,700 (WHO, 2016)
Number of child deaths per year attributable to HAP 51,000
Urban population using solid fuels26%
Rural population using solid fuels86%
Population using wood for cooking49%
Population using dung for cooking8%
Population using charcoal for cooking0.4%
Population using coal for cooking1.4%
Population using kerosene for cooking3%
Population using gas for cooking29%
Population using electricity for cooking0.1%
Population using other fuels for cooking1%