…the annual death toll from indoor air pollution will still be over 1.5 million people – a higher rate than that from both malaria and tuberculosis…
– United Nations

Today, 42% of the world’s population does not have access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking. This leads to indoor air-pollution and this is ranked in the top ten risks to health. [i]

The WHO attributes 22% of COPD deaths to indoor air-pollution and solid fuels.[ii]

The impact of insufficient access to energy has an even greater effect on health than just COPD.

Find out more on how access to energy influences health and what nurses are doing about this issue.


[i] Forouzanfar, M.H., et al., Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 79 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990–2015: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. The Lancet, 2016. 388(10053):p. 1659-1724.10

[ii] WHO. Burden of disease from Household Air Pollution for 2012. 2014.