Do you know 1.5 million people die each year only for cooking on traditional stoves? Yes, they breathe in poisonous fumes that mostly come from stoves fueled by wood, dung, coal and other solid fuels! The U.N. health agency revealed this statistics in a report released Thursday.
Thus, to lower deaths by 282,000, caused from respiratory diseases every year, 100 million more homes, on average should use cleaner fuels for cooking, a 42-page World Health Organization report on household energy and health says.
In addition, spreading awareness and facility on using of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), biogas and other cleaner household fuels could generate an economic benefit in health in sevenfold and productivity gains worth US$105 billion (euro83.19 billion) a year.
WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said, Making cleaner fuels and improved stoves available to millions of poor people in developing countries will reduce child mortality and improve women’s health… In addition to the health gains, household energy programs can help lift families out of poverty and accelerate development.