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
CountryLao PDR
Population 6,645,827
Percentage of population using solid fuels for cooking98%
Number of people who primarily use fuels such as wood, charcoal, coal, and kerosene for cookingno data
Percentage of woodfuel harvest that is unsustainableno data
Number of people affected by HAP6,512,910
Number of households affected by HAP1,431,213
Number of deaths per year attributable to HAP 5,716
Number of child deaths per year attributable to HAP 1,096
Urban population using solid fuels91.3%
Rural population using solid fuels95%>no data
Population using wood for cooking74.8%
Population using dung for cooking0.0%
Population using charcoal for cooking1.5%
Population using coal for cooking21.1%
Population using kerosene for cooking0.0%
Population using gas for cooking1.1%
Population using electricity for cooking1.5%
Population using other fuels for cooking0.0%