Every year 4.3 million people die as a result of indoor air pollution - this is more than tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS combined. The burning of biofuels within the home contributes to respiratory infections, chronic pulmonary disease, heart disease, vision problems, and low birth weights. In total, the smoke inhaled by household members from kerosene lanterns and candles is equal to that of smoking to two packs of cigarettes per day.
Kerosene lamps contribute significantly to poisoning and burns (especially in small children), structure fires, and explosions. Burns are considered one of the most traumatic injuries as they are painful, debilitating, and demand both immediate and prolonged medical care. More than 80 percent of burn victims are children and one in five burn victims in sub-Saharan Africa will die. In South Africa alone, nearly 7% of the population experiences injury and/or loss of property from kerosene-related fires.
84% OF LIGHT OWNERS REPORT BETTER AIR QUALITY
75% OF HOMES WITH SOLAR LIGHTS MEET W.H.O. INDOOR AIR QUALITY STANDARDS, COMPARED TO ONLY 27% OF HOUSEHOLDS USING KEROSENE LIGHTING
NEARLY 100% DECREASE IN BURN INJURIES