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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Child Poverty Insights - Indoor Air Pollution and Child Health in India

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AUTHOR UNICEF and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
TYPE Lessons Learned/Good Practices
DATE 2013
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

Almost 1.3 billion people across the globe have no access to electricity, and, therefore, create illumination by combustion of kerosene, candles or other substances. Almost twice this number use biomass for cooking. These activities are a serious source of indoor air pollution, and have extremely harmful impacts on the health of women and children. As it happens, children in poor countries receive inadequate nutrition, and exposure to these pollutants for long periods of time poses a very high health risk.

The global community has to find solutions to this widespread and very serious problem. As we know, solutions are available, but need to be implemented with imagination, the provision of adequate finance and institutional arrangements that are effective at the grassroots level.

Dr Rajendra K Pachauri,
Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Head of TERI

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