# Cleaner Household Fuels Protect Maternal and Child Health

Approximately three billion people around the world are still regularly exposed to household air pollution (HAP), fine particulate matter, gases, and other particle sizes that exceed air pollution exposures in even the most polluted urban settings [1]. USAID is working to reduce the adverse affects of household air pollution by supporting programs that encourage the adoption of alternative fuels and clean, affordable cookstoves. This is an effective approach to improve maternal and child health outcomes.