Clean Household Energy for the Prevention of Non-communicable Disease in Africa:

The NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group

NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa)

Global Health Research Group

University of Liverpool

Clean Energy Access for the prevention of Non-communicable disease in Africa through Clean Air

Globally 3 billion people rely on polluting solid fuels for cooking and heating their homes.  Exposure to smoke from burning these fuels causes more premature deaths and illness in Africa than malaria.

CLEAN-Air(Africa) aims to help communities in Africa transition to clean modern energy, informing national policies and programs.

Household air pollution

The Silent Killer in the Kitchen "with every breath we take we feel the air grow blacker in taste and colour" (unamed)

Applied research informing policy

Working with partners in Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya, CLEAN-Air(Africa) conducts innovative mixed-methods research to address community barriers to the using clean household energy.

Engaging the public and policy makers

Providing a voice for communities to inform policy, CLEAN-Air(Africa) hosts public and stakeholder engagement events build around community-led exhibitions.

Building capacity through health systems strengthening

CLEAN-Air(Africa) is working with health ministries from Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya to educate health professionals on household air pollution, disease and prevention

Demonstrating impacts for policy

With its international partners, CLEAN-Air(Africa) uses state-of-the-art modelling to quantify positive impacts on health and climate from scaling adoption of clean household energy to support national energy policy.



Douala General Hospital


Kintampo Health Research Centre

University of Ghana


Moi University


Led by research experts, physicians and academic from the Universities of Liverpool, Moi (Kenya) and Ghana, Douala General Hospital (Cameroon) and Kintampo Health Research Centre (Ghana), CLEAN-Air(Africa) is sponsored by the National Insitute of Health Research in the UK to provide evidence for policies to address the burden of non-communicable disease from household air pollution. The CLEAN-Air(Africa) Group is conducting a program of mixed-methods research in Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya to support communities adopt clean household energy alongside national government policies to scale household use of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) to reduce the negative impacts on health, deforestation and climate of reliance on solid fuels for cooking and heating.

CLEAN-Air(Africa) is also conducting a program of capacity building engaging with the health systems (ministries of health, health education, WHO country offices) to provide training for health work forces on household air pollution and health to (i) raise population awareness of household air pollution as a major risk factor for health and (ii) understand prevention strategies through clean household energy and harm minimisation.

Household adoption of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) as a cleaning cooking fuel (Cameroon)

Traditional use of biomass fuel for cooking (Cameroon)


Energy Air Pollution and Health Theme

Department of Public Health and Policy

University of Liverpool

Whelan Building

Brownlow Hill

Liverpool, L69 3GB

tel: +44(0)151 794 5522

email: cleanairafrica@liverpool.ac.uk


Energy, Air Pollution and Health Theme


Global LPG Partnership


Clean Cooking Alliance