of households are affected by Household Air Pollution (HAP)
Guatemalans die every day from cooking with wood
of people are living below the poverty line
of Greenhouse Gas Emissions are from using wood
In Latin America, household air pollution from solid fuels annually causes 80,000 deaths and 2.7 million disability adjusted life years lost (WHO Global Health Observatory Data Repository 2012). In Guatemala, fifteen Guatemalans die every day in the country from cooking with wood and a staggering 9.6 million people are affected by HAP (GACC 2015). Guatemala has the highest percentage of disease attributable to solid fuel use in Central America (WHO 2012). Wood fuel is used by 94% of rural households in Guatemala, and is responsible for death and major health issues such as acute respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, low birth weight, perinatal mortality, asthma, tuberculosis, cataracts, and cardiovascular disease (Bruce et. all 2014, EPH).