Indoor air pollution

Evidence for policy-makers

Current evidence on the effectiveness of different interventions is insufficient for providing clear guidance to decision-makers on suitable strategies to reduce the health effects caused by indoor air pollution.

The medium-term goal of WHO’s Programme on Indoor Air Pollution is to provide a catalogue of intervention experiences to decision-makers.

Working towards this goal, the following questions will need to be addressed over the coming years:

  • Do interventions reduce the disease burden?
  • What are the broader impacts of interventions on livelihoods?
  • Do interventions pay off in economic terms?
  • How can we make interventions sustainable?
  • How can we scale up effective interventions?

WHO aims to conduct a comparative evaluation of intervention experiences in different settings. This evaluation will investigate the effectiveness of interventions as well as the enabling factors that facilitate long-term, sustained adoption and use of suitable improved technologies.

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WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: household fuel combustion

Health in the Green Economy:
household energy


Julia Roberts, Ambassador for Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Indoor Air Quality Guidelines: selected pollutants

Clean household energy for all


Burden of disease

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Fact sheets,
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Other web sites on indoor air pollution




Partnership for Clean Indoor Air

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WHO's Programme on Indoor Air Pollution

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