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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    Have a sweet tooth? Treat yourselves to a spirulina chocolate bar

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    A new kind of chicken feed can help poultry farm owners boost nutrition and livelihood

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  • Fumes Of Fuel


    A Climate Antidote: Building climate resilience in public health




TERI analyses NFHS-4 data for child morbidity and chronic illnesses

Ms Meena Sehgal

It suggests three response strategies for accelerating improvements in child health and reducing risk of chronic morbidity.

Have a sweet tooth? Treat yourselves to a spirulina chocolate bar

Dr Anjali Parasnis
Ms Roshni George
Mr Dhawal Trivedi
When it comes to chocolate, resisting temptation is futile

Chocolate is the ultimate comfort food and the one food source that can make most pe

A new kind of chicken feed can help poultry farm owners boost nutrition and livelihood

Dr Anjali Parasnis

TERI develops feed from locally sourced ingredients such as Azolla, drumstick leaves and egg shells

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.

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

November 17, 2017
to November 17, 2017

In the absence of scientific landfills and appropriate waste processing units, decomposition of mixed waste causes major odour hazards and landfill fires. The webinar deals with ambient monitoring of methane and management of fires in landfills with an emphasis on surface monitoring of landfills, and controlling odour at waste disposal/ processing facilities.

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

Vector-borne disease outbreak becomes a public health threat each year and gets aggravated due to extreme weather conditions. Partnerships are being strengthened for effective control among multiple departments, municipalities, and health facilities. Several steps by the health, meteorology, and planning departments are being planned and executed to prevent, control, and track the disease.


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.

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.

Changing health climate through better nutrition

March 7, 2018
| Dr Ajay Mathur
| Ms Meena Sehgal
| The Pioneer

Elevating the nutritional status demands a collective effort and a multi-pronged approach to building an effective food and nutrition safety net.  Intervention strategies are plentiful, ranging from incentivising community-level nutritious produce, producing bio-fortified grains and fortified processed foods, to marketing and consumption of the same.

TERI to open food lab, varsity campus in Guwahati

February 15, 2018 |
February 16, 2018

The first state-of-the-art food testing laboratory in entire North East will be coming up in Guwahati within the next year. The food testing laboratory is being built by TERI at its campus in Guwahati and is likely to be operational within one year.


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 & Health
Associate Director, Nutritional Security