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Transforming cooking in households to improve air quality

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Transforming cooking in households to improve air quality

Cooking should be a safe and healthy skill, but it is costing the health, and even the lives, of women in Kenya and Africa. Cooking fuels, such as wood or charcoal, can contribute to household air pollution increasing women’s risk of lung cancer and chronic-obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared with women who use cleaner fuels to cook. In 2016, estimates for Kenya indicate that 14,000 deaths were attributable to poor household air quality, a number that is higher than the annual mortality due to road traffic accidents.

 

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