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


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    Understanding the health impacts of heat stress in India

    Resilience against extreme heat requires both individual and collective efforts

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    Beat the heat

    Saving India's cities from extreme heat

  • Survey

    Climate change and human health survey

    Inviting institutions to share efforts towards building resilience of health sector against effects of climate change

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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

The Noxious Fumes of Fuel

If you manage to break away from the maddening Delhi traffic for a fuel-refill, don't heave the sigh of relief. In fact, if possible, don’t breathe at all! That is what was revealed when TERI assessed air pollutants at 40 fuel refilling stations or 'petrol pumps' in Delhi.


Webinar on Ambient Monitoring of Methane and Management of Fires in Landfills

November 17, 2017
to November 17, 2017

This webinar discussed the procedures for monitoring odour and managing fires at the landfills.

Workshop on "Capacity Building in Environmental Public Health Research"

October 30, 2017
to November 1, 2017


TERI is organizing a Workshop on "Capacity Building in Environmental Public Health Research" supported by Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare from October 30th to November 1st, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Climate Change and Health Risks: Preparedness for Vector Borne Diseases

July 5, 2017
to July 5, 2017

The discussion focuses on the new capacities that has been built across the country, the on-going activities and plans for moving toward cities free of vector-borne diseases.


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.

Now, an online repository of edible plant species

April 29, 2018 |
April 29, 2018
The Financial Express

TERI has recently launched a first-of-its-kind digital library, which details scientific information of approximately 200 edible plant species of the Western Ghats, home to many native tribal people. The website aims to serve as a guide to both urban and rural communities to address malnutrition issues. Several of the tubers, corns, fruits, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, etc, that are indigenous to the region are important for the food, medicine and chemical industries. However, a large part of the population is unaware about their significance.


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.


Fellow, Centre for Waste Management
Associate Director, Nutritional Security