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Using ‘Cleaner, More Efficient’ Cookstoves Can Improve Global Health

Huffington Post: Five Ways Clean Cooking Improves Health
Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

“…Cooking over open fires and smoky stoves … leads to a wide range of noncommunicable diseases, such as pneumonia, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. Around the world, more and more people are buying cleaner, more efficient cookstoves, which require less fuel and produce far fewer toxic emissions. … As we celebrate World Health Day and look ahead to the World Health Assembly, this is a fitting time to focus on the many ways clean cooking can improve human health, including: Saving lives … Lowering risk of burns … Helping children survive and thrive … Reducing injury and exposure to violence … Cutting emissions and outdoor air pollution … To save millions of lives and improve global health, we must tackle the clean cooking issue…” (4/6).

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