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.

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    Lessons from the Pandemic – Accelerating Preparedness for Climate Change in India

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    Food safety during Coronavirus: How to clean fruits and vegetables at home

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COVID-19 and nutrition: How the pandemic induced a much-awaited behavioural change

Ms Roshni George
Dr Anjali Parasnis

A balanced diet and nutrition can act as an effective prophylactic measure against the COVID-19 infection. A positive behavioural change in our eating habits during lockdown must be sustained beyond the pandemic to ensure its long term positive impacts.

COVID-19 and food insecurity: How social schemes will help migrant workers?

Ms Vidhu Gupta

With no source of income in the COVID-19 lockdown, an unprecedented migrant crisis unfolded in India. Government aid can reduce the impact of coronavirus pandemic on the food security of migrant workers.

Vulnerability Index Tool: Vulnerability assessment for health

Ms Meena Sehgal
Ms Vidhu Gupta

A prototype digital tool is being developed for state health departments in India to upload data, and the vulnerability index can be generated using the tool.

Air Pollution Health Effects online tool

Ms Meena Sehgal
Ms Vidhu Gupta

This tool was created in collaboration with researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Statconsulta and sponsored by DST.

TERI conducts water monitoring of the Yamuna River during COVID-19 lockdown

Ms Meena Sehgal
Dr Kanhaiya Lal

During COVID-19 lockdown, a study was conducted by TERI to observe the metals/heavy metal concentration in the Yamuna River.

Food safety during Coronavirus: How to clean fruits and vegetables at home

Dr Anjali Parasnis

Should you wash your fruits and vegetables with soap or detergent or is there a better, natural way to protect what you eat from possible pathogens


Climate Challenges and Adaptation Planning for Health

March 19, 2021
to March 19, 2021

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in partnership with UCHAI initiative is organising a webinar on "Climate Challenges and Adaptation Planning for Health" on 19th March, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

On 19th March 2021, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM IST

Webinar II on 'Air Quality and Public Health Challenges'

February 19, 2021
to February 19, 2021

The second webinar in the series will focus on health impact challenges that is posed by exposure to air pollution exposure especifically in the region of South Asia.

Nutrition status and response strategies for India

December 11, 2020
to December 11, 2020

TERI, a partner in the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) India, is organising a webinar on "Nutrition status and response strategies for India" on 11th December 2020 at 3:00- 5:30 PM IST.

TERI's Nutri Quiz 2020

September 30, 2020
to October 16, 2020

The month of September has been declared as the 'National Nutrition Month', by the Honourable Prime Minister, as a step towards raising awareness about the importance of nutrition and nutrition-related illnesses.

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.


Finding the sync between health and climate change

March 24, 2021
| Dr Dhrubaa Ghosh
| Ms Meena Sehgal
| Express Healthcare

There is a direct link between health and the environment around us. And the impact of climate change on our health is now clearly visible. We continue to suffer directly or indirectly as a consequence of the rapid change in climatic conditions. Whether in the form of heat stress, water scarcity, droughts, and the resultant malnutrition or floods and the resultant increase in water- and vector-borne diseases, air pollution-related health effects etc., the impact is profound.

Once we have a COVID-19 vaccine, How do we plan to store 1.3 billion doses?

July 18, 2020 |
July 18, 2020
Science The Wire

Vaccines need to be kept cool to remain effective. In some districts, a refrigerator as big as an ice cream cooler is needed to deliver the vaccines, says Mr Karan Mangotra, Associate Director and Fellow, TERI, and one of the authors of a report on the impacts of the cooling sector on global climate targets.

Public transport usage to see decline after Covid-19 outbreak ends: Study

May 19, 2020 |
May 19, 2020
Hindustan Times

A perception study, based on a survey across 51 cities in the country from April 7 to 26 by TERI, revealed that 35% commuters are likely to change their mode of transport for work after the outbreak ends.

Learning from tragedy

May 5, 2020
| Ms Meena Sehgal
| The Pioneer

COVID-19 has opened afresh discussions on the much-needed funds and facilities for the healthcare sector, the inequity in availability of resources across urban and rural India and their adequacy within these communities. It lays bare the need for feedback loops that inform and determine, on an ongoing basis, the adequacy or the lack of healthcare resources. Impending disasters from hazardous levels of pollution, rising temperature, threatened nutrient supply linked to climate change, do not conjure up a healthy future for India.

Planning for a pandemic in cities: Who do we plan for first?

April 29, 2020
| Ms Adishree Panda
| Mr Janmejay Sahoo
| BW Smartcities

Modern-day regulations for the built environment, public utilities and, health systems that define the existing urban settlements emanated from the need to contain the spread of contagious diseases, such as cholera and typhus during the Industrial Revolution. However, reforms are needed to contain the spread of pandemics in the current complex urban systems, and to address the impact across critical sectors.

COVID-19 lockdown: Positive consequences for air quality

April 20, 2020
| Ms Meena Sehgal
| ETEnergyworld

The COVID-19 outbreak led to a 21-day nationwide lockdown, beginning 22 March, that restricted the day-to-day movements of the mass population, greatly reducing daily traffic. Consequently, Delhi saw a fall in average concentrations of fine particulates (PM2.5) by almost 80 percent within the first week. The city's air quality status improved to "satisfactory" (AQI 50-100) or "good" (AQI 0-50) category. This is a dramatic change when compared to the PM2.5 concentrations of March in the last last two years.


Clean fuel for cooking: Solution to achieve better air quality

February 5, 2021

The discussion paper 'Clean Fuel for Cooking: Solution to Achieve Better Air Quality' aims to analyse and estimate the financial support that may be required to encourage Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) consumers to switch to LPG for cooking their major meals, over and above the existing subsidy and other financial incentives, as well as to identify a suitable financing strategy to support th

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
Area Convener, Nutritional Security