While very few United States citizens are affected by this issue, 3 billion people across the world deal with it daily: the women and children who cook every meal over an open fire. Every year, 1.9 million die from lower respiratory diseases caused by smoke – globally, it’s the #1 killer of children under five. Families also spend vast amounts of time, money and energy to gather and purchase the wood they need for fuel. Additionally, these cooking fires generate 25% of the world’s dangerous CO2 emissions, more than all global transportation-related emissions combined.
Smith Ortho patients gave 5,000 wooden nickels to fund 200 clean burning, fuel-efficient stoves that were distributed to some of the 3 billion families who need them. These stoves are literally saving the lives of the people who use them, as well as significantly reducing hazardous gas emissions across the world.