Around 3 billion people (500m households) cook with smoky fuels on a daily basis, resulting in over 4 million deaths per annum from diseases such as Pneumonia and Cancer, more than AIDS/HIV and Malaria combined. Smoke also causes Cataracts, the largest cause of blindness in the developing world. Being the primary cooks of the family, it is almost always women who are the most affected.
Traditional cooking methods are also contributing to significant long lasting environmental damage; up to 4 million hectares are destroyed each year in Africa alone, mainly for use as firewood. Open fire cooking also drives people (again predominantly women) to spend up to 3 hours per day putting themselves at risk seeking wood from local forests. This is time that could be better spent on life enhancing activities, such as employment or education.
The launch of our clean burning, smoke free Boilex™ Ultraclean stoves, which are also more powerful than competitor products and use up to 80% less fuel than open fires, could have a profound impact on human life across the globe.Not only do they provide quicker, smoke free cooking, but they provide the convenience of using the cheapest and most readily available fuels, including biomass, such as wood, pellets and dung, and liquids, such as kerosene and alcohol.