Indoor air pollution

Indoor air pollution and the Millennium Development Goals

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The importance of interventions to reduce exposure to indoor air pollution is reflected in the Millennium Development Goals in many ways:

  • As most of the disease burden due to indoor air pollution falls on children under five years of age, interventions will help achieve a significant reduction in child mortality (Goal 4).

  • The collection of fuel imposes a serious time burden on women and children and alleviating this drudgery will contribute to promoting gender equality and empowering women (Goal 3).

  • With less time spent on fuel collection, people will have more time available for education and income generation activities that are likely to contribute to eradicating extreme poverty (Goal 1).

  • The proportion of the population relying on solid fuels constitutes one of the indicators to monitor progress towards ensuring environmental sustainability (Goal 7).
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Indoor air thematic briefing 1 gives an overview of the links between indoor air pollution, household energy and the Millennium Development Goals.

See also:

Burning Opportunity:
Clean Household Energy for Health, Sustainable Development, and Wellbeing of Women and Children

WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: household fuel combustion

Health in the Green Economy:
household energy


Indoor Air Quality Guidelines: selected pollutants

Clean household energy for all


Burden of disease

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Fact sheets,
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Other web sites on indoor air pollution




Partnership for Clean Indoor Air

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WHO's Programme on Indoor Air Pollution

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