Approximately three billion people around the world are still regularly exposed to household air pollution (HAP), fine particulate matter, gases, and other particle sizes that exceed air pollution exposures in even the most polluted urban settings . USAID is working to reduce the adverse affects of household air pollution by supporting programs that encourage the adoption of alternative fuels and clean, affordable cookstoves. This is an effective approach to improve maternal and child health outcomes.
Health Impacts of HAP Exposure
Household air pollution remains a leading risk factor for disease and premature death worldwide.
Estimate: household air pollution responsible for 2.9 million premature deaths in 2015 .
Household air pollution is a leading risk factor for disease and death, especially among women and children.
Health Benefits of Reducing HAP
"I have seen firsthand the importance of access to energy and clean cookstoves... it must play a central role in our work to ensure the realization of human needs and fundamental rights."ANTÓNIO GUTERRES - Secretary-General of the United Nations