42. Indoor Air Pollution
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Editors/Authors: Nigel Bruce, Eva Rehfuess, Sumi Mehta, Guy Hutton, and Kirk Smith
Disease / Condition
Maternal & Neonatal Conditions
The reliance of almost half the world's population on inefficient and highly polluting solid fuels for household energy needs has far–reaching consequences for health, the environment, and economic development. Poor families in developing countries especially are more likely to use coal or biomass, such as wood, animal dung, and crop wastes, to fuel open fires or simple stoves. These fuels release health–damaging pollutants into the home, including particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur oxides, and other substances that can affect lungs and impair the immune response.
Adverse health effects of indoor air pollution include acute lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. Women and children, who may spend the most time at home near the fire, likely have the greatest risk of exposure. In addition, the task of collecting biomass fuels consumes time that women could spend more productively on child care or income–producing tasks.
Households with improving socioeconomic circumstances generally move up the energy ladder, using fuels and appliances that are increasingly efficient, clean, and expensive. The pace of progress is slow, however, and for the poorest people in Sub–Saharan Africa and South Asia, there is little prospect of change. For policy makers, the greatest challenge is not the development of new technologies but finding ways to increase access to existing, better systems through international awareness, collaborative action, education of consumers, and use of market–based interventions such as subsidies to fuel–efficient or pollution–reducing investments.
- 42.1 Patterns of Household Fuel Use in Malawi, 2000
- 42.2 Patterns of Household Fuel Use in Peru, 2000
- 42.3 Multivariate Sensitivity Analysis for Three Types of Interventions and Combined Intervention Scenarios, Southeast Asia Region
- 42.1 Cost Components for Household Energy Interventions
- 42.2 Cost Issues in Switching to Cleaner Fuels for a "Typical" Poor Kenyan Family
- 42.3 Key Features and Lessons from India's National Stove Program
- 42.4 Household Effects of China's National Improved Stove Program
- 42.5 Key Lessons Learned in the Promotion of New Markets for LPG in Developing Countries
- 42.1 Status of Evidence Linking Biomass Fuels and Coal with Child and Adult Health Outcomes
- 42.2 Summary of Relative Risk Estimates for Health Outcomes Used in Burden-of-Disease Estimates
- 42.3 Deaths and DALYs Lost Because of Solid Fuel Use
- 42.4 Interventions for Reducing Exposure to IAP
- 42.5 Policy Instruments for Promoting Implementation of Effective Household Energy Interventions
- 42.6 Intervention Scenarios for World Bank Regions
- 42.7 Possible Data Requirements for Quantifying Benefits