Clean Energy for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Disease through Clean Air in Africa

NIHR Global Health Research Unit on CLEAN-Air(Africa)

About CLEAN-Air(Africa)

Household Air Pollution; The Killer in the Kitchen

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, CLEAN-Air(Africa) aims to:


CLEAN-Air(Africa): Main Aims


CLEAN-Air(Africa) Unit Partnership

CLEAN-Air(Africa) is a partnership of experts from academic, research and clinical institutions from the UK, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda

5-Year Impact from CLEAN-Air(Africa)

The Unit builds on research, capacity and health systems strengthening initiated under the NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group in Cameroon, Kenya and Ghana. The Group was launched in 2018 and has achieved significant impact since this time in three key areas to address the global public health burden from reliance on polluting solid fuels and kerosene for household energy.

Exposure to household air pollution

Using state of the art monitoring equipment to quantify adult and child health impacts from exposure to air pollution from cooking with polluting fuels

Clean Cooking with LPG - Cameroon

Transition to clean cooking

Identifying and addressing barriers to cooking with clean fuels. Informing clean energy policy in sub-Saharan Africa.


Strengthening health systems

Training clinical and community health workforces in primary and secondary prevention of household air pollution.

CLEAN-Air(Africa) Case Studies

The work of CLEAN-Air(Africa) has been widely disseminated including recently at COP26. Some of the published case studies highlighting the work of CLEAN-Air(Africa) and its impact can be accessed below. This work forms the foundation of the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on CLEAN-Air(Africa).

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NIHR Case Study

The NIHR have produced a video showcasing the work of CLEAN-Air(Africa). The video highlights two key initiatives; helping resource poor communities access Liquefied Petroleum Gas for clean cooking through smart meter technology and empowering community health workforces to prevent household air pollution related disease.

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This research was funded by the NIHR (NIHR134530) using UK aid from the UK Government to support global health research. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the UK government.

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