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Globally 3 billion people rely on polluting solid fuels (wood, charcoal) or kerosene for cooking and heating their homes. Exposure to household air pollution (HAP) from burning these fuels is associated with an increased risk of pneumonia in children under 5 years, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in adults and adverse pregnancy outcomes. In sub-Saharan Africa, where a substantial proportion of people rely on these fuels, HAP is responsible for more than 680,000 premature deaths each year, greater mortality than for both malaria and HIV/AIDs.
To address this major public health issue, the NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group aims to (i) inform national policies to scale access to and adoption of clean household energy, (ii) demonstrate the positive impacts on health and climate from populations switching to clean household fuels and (iii) strengthen health systems to empower community led prevention to fight against household air pollution.

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