Regional burden of disease due to indoor air pollution
Clearly, some of the world’s regions rely heavily on solid fuel use at the household level whereas others have made an almost complete transition to cleaner fuels, such as gas and electricity. For example, in 2007, more than 70% of the population in rural India, and Africa continue to cook with solid fuels.
These differences in household solid fuel use patterns are reflected in an unequal share of the disease burden due to indoor air pollution, with Africa, South East Asia and the Western Pacific Region shouldering the biggest death toll.
More than one third of the total DALYs lost due to exposure to indoor air pollution occur in Africa and highlight the urgent need to intervene.