Mitigating Air Pollution from Household Energy to Improve Women and Children's Health

(New York)

Household air pollution disproportionately impacts women and children’s health, and is a main cause of noncommunicable disease such as, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and heart disease in low- and middle-income countries. According to the World Health Organization, exposure to household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia and is responsible for 45% of all pneumonia deaths in children less than 5 years old. At the same time, home cooking, home heating and kerosene lamps account for up to 58% of global black carbon emissions (a key component of PM2.5) from anthropogenic sources which increases the rate of near-term climate change.

This is a strategic moment. Investing in clean household energy offers countries measurable solutions not only to mitigate climate change, but also to realize substantial benefits for health and air pollution. This webinar will bring speakers together to enrich the conversation around evidence-based methodologies and tools for monitoring innovative mechanisms to develop results-based finance projects that take into account lessons learned to improve women, child and maternal health.


  • Welcome
    Helena Molin Valdes, Head, Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat
  • Health impacts of household air pollution on women and children's health
    Heather Adair-Rohani, Team Leader on Energy and Health, World Health Organization
  • Evaluating opportunities for electric and renewable cooking, from India’s policy and innovation ecosystem perspective
    Smita Rakesh, Portfolio Director, Clean Energy and Climate Action at Social Alpha
  • National action in Nepal to achieve electric cooking for all
    Madhusudan Adhikari, Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Nepal
  • Moderator: Tara Ramanathan, Director of Clean Energy, Nexleaf Analytics
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