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1.6 Million People ‘Smoked ‘to Death Every Year

About 1.6 million people worldwide of which 60 percent are women die from smoke related diseases each year as a result of inhaling wood smoke emanating from inefficient cook stoves in poorly ventilated kitchens.
The phenomenon, known as indoor air pollution, is due to the emission of poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and particulates from solid fuels such as firewood, charcoal, crop residue and dung, collectively referred to as biomass.
This was contained in a report entitled ‘Energizing the Millennium Development Goals’s’, published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which sought to establish the link between energy poverty and under-development and the need for improved energy services to the rural and urban poor in order to realize the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) .
The report said worldwide, 2.4 billion people, more than one third of the world population, rely on biomass as their principal energy source for cooking, which impacts dearly on the lives of women and girls who spend a bulk of their time collecting firewood, crop residue or dung for cooking.
Furthermore, women spend a lot of time and energy manually processing food in the form of dehusking, threshing and grinding before cooking, which together with the time spent on searching for biomass represents a huge opportunity cost for women.
This is because women are denied opportunities for more productive activities such as education and employment and also fail to get the necessary amount of rest.

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