In recognition of World Pneumonia Day

Statement By Leslie Cordes, Interim Executive Director, Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves

Washington, D.C.

November 12, 2010


Serena Jiwani

“Pneumonia is one of the leading killers of children in the developing world, in part because their health is compromised by the smoke they inhale from dirty and inefficient stoves used for cooking and heating. Clean cookstoves and fuels can play a critical role along with vaccines and antibiotics in reducing the harmful health impacts of smoke that affects millions of children every day.

“The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is working with public and private partners around the globe to foster the thriving cookstove market and support services to women necessary to deploy clean cooking technologies that will decrease exposure to toxic smoke and the range of fatal and chronic diseases it causes.”

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