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Global Environmental Health—Clean & Safe Stoves

Where We Work

  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Kenyaa

Key Partners

  • The World Health Organization (WHO)
  • India Ministry of Health
  • Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Universidad Del Valle, Guatemala
  • Indian Council for Medical Research

Cooking and heating with solid fuels indoors pollutes the air and increases the risk of illness for nearly 3 billion people worldwide. Indoor air pollution is the leading cause of lung cancer and chronic lung disease among nonsmoking women in the world's poorest communities. The risk for cardiovascular diseases, digestive and cervical cancers, and low birth weight babies may increase when women breathe this unsafe air every day. It is estimated that 4 million people die prematurely each year from illnesses associated with burning solid fuels for cooking, heating, and lighting.

CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) joined the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) to raise awareness about the health risks of indoor air pollution and to promote safe, efficient, and affordable cookstoves in low– and middle-income countries.

NCEH is  implementing field investigations and supporting program implementation and evaluation to help the Alliance promote clean and safe cooking.  It is important to evaluate clean  and safe cooking solutions alongside other public health programs like clean water,  prenatal services, and clean air programs so that the relative public health benefit of each can be compared in ways that assure public health investments and activities to produce a maximum health benefit.

Woman preparing food over an indoor cookstove in India.  Photo:  Nigel Bruce

Woman preparing food over an indoor cookstove in India. Photo: Nigel Bruce

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  • Page last reviewed: September 29, 2014
  • Page last updated: September 29, 2014
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