Health & Nutrition

Environmental degradation accounts for a large part of India’s disease burden. Our work focuses on establishing and assessing the linkages between environment and public health, particularly the health risks arising from growing pollutants in air, food and water. At the grassroots, we have demonstrated practical and sustainable approaches to overcoming malnutrition in tribal communities by enabling them to grow and consume locally available bioresources.

health and nutrition


  • millets rescue


    How climate change impacts health

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  • kitchen garden


    We need better reporting of household air pollution

    7th December, 2018 | Hindustan Times

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  • Fumes Of Fuel


    2019 Clean Air Crowdsourcing Competition

    Last data to apply: 15th January 2019

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How safe is the water that is supplied in our homes?

Mr Anshuman

Understanding groundwater contamination in India - Conversation with Anshuman, Associate Director, Water Resources, TERI

Quenching the thirst - Success stories of Project FLOW

Ms Taru Mehta

The Bharti Airtel-TERI initiative provides safe drinking water access and raises awareness on water and sanitation in schools

Exploring linkages between health and climate change

Ms Meena Sehgal

With the direct and indirect impacts on health becoming equally challenging, what are some of the solutions we have


U.S.- India Partnership for Climate Resilience Workshop on Climate and Health

October 23, 2018
to October 24, 2018

This workshop is part of the India-U.S. Partnership for Climate Resilience (PCR) and the Understanding Climate Health Associations in India (UCHAI) initiative, this is partially supported by the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Pravah....go with the FLOW

October 9, 2018
to October 31, 2018

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in collaboration with Bharti Infratel has implemented Project FLOW since 2015. FLOW is an acronym which stands for Facilitating Learning on WASH. It aims to translate awareness and knowledge into action by educating school children and youth on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues.


Measure and Manage Health Better

August 31, 2018
| Ms Meena Sehgal
| ET Health World

The upcoming National Family Health Survey could expand to include new and emerging problems, and assess what hits the population health and productivity the hardest - air pollution related ill health, sanitation linked diseases, and morbidity stemming from food insecurity. A clear monitoring framework is needed - a comprehensive metric of parameters, enhanced in scope to include and recognize emerging health issues (lung capacity, nutrition security, mental security), at small scale (district, block), covering different stages of life (adolescence, geriatric).

Heatwaves are health and economic risks

June 5, 2018
| Ms Vidhu Gupta
| Mr Barath Mahadevan
| Mint

Recognizing the adverse health impact and potential decline in economic productivity, several states such as Gujarat, Odisha and Telangana have formulated action plans to address the adaptation to heatwaves. In response to the extreme heatwave event of 2010, the city of Ahmedabad was the first in Asia to develop a Heat Action Plan which laid the foundation for similar initiatives in other cities. While many city and state-led initiatives are now past the design stage, several key gaps are emerging as far as implementation of the heat action plans is concerned.

Connecting health data for cleaner air

May 1, 2018
| Mr Anand Krishnan
| Ms Meena Sehgal
| The Economic Times

Health scientists continue to wrestle for scientifically measuring the impact of air quality on health. Making good quality estimates needs good quality data. Redesigning the disease tracking system is an obvious priority which needs our attention. Potentially, we can invite and engage every adult individual as well as the multitude of health care providers in our communities to contribute data to support the development of a large real-time database.


Cooking with cleaner fuels in India: a strategic analysis and assessment

December 7, 2010

The series 'Cooking with cleaner fuels in India: a strategic analysis and assessment' is a collection of four policy briefs that carry findings emanating from a joint research by TERI and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (with support from UNICEF) on healthy cooking fuel options for India. The briefs trace the usage of different fuels in rural and urban households, health implications of using less cleaner cooking fuels, and stakeholder partnerships of governments, funding agencies, industry and consumer groups to accelerate adoption of cleaner cooking fuels.


Senior Fellow, Environment & Waste Management
Associate Director, Nutritional Security