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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    In fight against Coronavirus, be aware of malnutrition's role in increasing vulnerability

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    While we await Coronavirus cure, fortify your immunity with these natural remedies

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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

While we await Coronavirus cure, fortify your immunity with these natural remedies

Dr Anjali Parasnis
Ms Roshni George
Ms Vaishnavi Barthwal

A look at the natural remedies that can be used to increase immunity in times of the Coronavirus pandemic

Lessons from the COVID-19 Response

Mr Ajay Shankar
Ms TCA Avni

In the face of the global Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, there are lessons that should be learnt globally from the present crisis engulfing the whole world. Creation of spare healthcare capacities is clearly a necessity across the world. Managing communication would also be an increasing challenge.

In fight against Coronavirus, be aware of malnutrition's role in increasing vulnerability

Ms Roshni George

The linkage between malnutrition and susceptibility to viral infections becomes especially important in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic

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


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.


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.

Kovid-19 has exposed the reality of health capabilities and mismanagement of information

April 17, 2020
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| The Print

The Covid-19 epidemic has changed the global public life. Nations are closing their borders. The world economy is entering a recession. The current crisis is so unprecedented that governments and societies will have to think past the old examples to face this global epidemic. Additional and specific challenges of information management have also emerged during the current epidemic. As soon as the news about the virus and its spread came across the world, there was a flood of information, misinformation and analysis in the media and especially social media. The real challenge has been how to

Self-Help Groups rise to Covid challenge

April 14, 2020
| Ms Preeti Madan
| The Tribune

The sensitivity and responsiveness demonstrated by SHGs amid the Covid-19 crisis at the community level is highly commendable. Amidst the growing concerns of shortage of face masks, SHGs located in 521 districts in 27 states/UTs came forward quickly and have already manufactured over two crore face masks for distribution (as on April 9, 2020). In most states, the SHGs are also involved in the distribution of dry rations, and provision of cooked food to the poor and vulnerable families. Their role is being expanded to produce sanitisers, protective gear and gowns for frontline workers.


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