Environment

Why use an energy saving jiko

  • Household air pollution is the 4th biggest health risk in developing countries
  • 4 million people worldwide die each year from exposure to cook stove smoke (smoke inhalation in a kitchen 3 times a day is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes).
  • Smoke is mostly the result of incomplete combustion. It contains unburned gases including carbon monoxide, which are harmful. It also contains small particles or ‘particulates’ of both organic material (soot) and inorganic material (ash)
  • These are more deaths from household air pollution than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined
  • 40% of pneumonia in children under 5 years is caused by indoor air pollution
  • 54% of chronic obstructive pulmonary deaths are as a result of indoor air pollution associated with cooking
  • 2% of lung cancer deaths are also as a result of indoor air pollution
  • 3 billion people worldwide cook over open fires every day
  • Every 8 seconds, someone dies because of all the reasons mentioned above
  • Greenhouse gases produced from open fires is more than all gas produced in manufacturing and automotive industries combined.
  • Many women/children walk an average of 6Kms in search of wood every day. This exposes themselves to dangers from wild animals, marauders and rape cases.
  • The depletion of natural resources (trees) which provide health to soil, stop erosion, and provide cover and shade.