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OPINION: Will the Union Budget give the health sector the power it needs?

OPINION: “Health care services to rural populations can be greatly enhanced by improving access to electricity. In regions where grid-based supply is unreliable, decentralized solutions like solar PV can serve as a catalyst to improving healthcare.”: Dr.Poornima Prabhakaran -Deputy Director,Centre…

Poornima Prabhakaran: balancing development, sustainability and public health

Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran -Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India talks to Andréia Azevedo Soares about climate-related health hazards in India, initiatives to address them, and the challenges presented by industrial development. Read the interview featured…

'Ella’s case a cue for govt to take air pollution seriously'

Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran, Deputy Director at the Centre for Environmental Health at Public Health Foundation of India said the results of the inquest into Ella’s death will set a precedent for future battles for the ‘right to breathe clean air’.…

Rising Temperatures Put India’s Elderly Population at Risk, Says Report

“Heatwaves have increased in numbers, frequency, and duration in recent years and this does not bode well for a largely agrarian economy,” said Poornima Prabhakaran, head of environmental health at the Public Health Foundation of India. “The direct and indirect impacts…

E-Learning Course on Climate Change and Health

APPLICATIONS CLOSED The Centre for Environmental Health has organized an E-Learning Course on Climate Change and Health, with three  other international collaborating institutions namely University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Villanova University in…

54% increase in heat-related deaths in older people globally in last two decades

Dr Poornima Prabhakaran, Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India, said The Lancet report has yet again highlighted India’s vulnerabilities, with heatwave related mortality and consequent economic implications of reduced workforce and curtailed labour days ranking…

Air Quality Management in Cities-a synergistic approach for Health

Climate Centre for Cities C-Cube hosted a webinar: ‘Air Quality Management in Cities – A synergistic approach to health’ by Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran-Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India on 5th November 2020. This discussion was…

Air Pollution and COVID-19 in South Asia

“The double whammy of poor air quality and exposure to the virus will certainly aggravate the existing public health crisis in India,” said Dr.Poornima Prabhakaran, Epidemiologist and Deputy Director of the Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India…

Climate-Smart Healthcare Webinar Series: Videos

Health and Environment Platform (HELP) was established by Public Health Foundation of India and Centre for Chronic Disease Control in partnership with Health Care Without Harm to develop a road-map for climate-smart healthcare in India which would be resilient and…

Climate-Smart Healthcare Webinar Series

Health and Environment Platform (HELP) was established by Public Health Foundation of India and Centre for Chronic Disease Control in partnership with Health Care Without Harm to develop a road-map for climate-smart healthcare in India which would be resilient and…

Climate and Health Air Monitoring Project (CHAMP)

Air pollution in India ranks as some of the worst in the world, causing dramatic negative health impacts on the population. The Health and Environment Leadership Platform (HELP) and Centre for Chronic Disease Control have set out to address this…

Health Practitioners perception on Health Effects of Air Pollution in India

We have recently completed a study titled, “Understanding Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Health Practitioners towards Health Effects of Air Pollution in India“. A sample of physicians, pulmonologists and cardiologists from selected cities were approached to understand their practice and…

Webinar: World Environment Day- 2020

On the occasion of World Environment Day (5th June 2020), we organized a webinar titled “Reclaiming Planetary Health: Youth for Health, Youth for Nature. A unique interactive discussion with student voices from public health and medicine”. The webinar was co-hosted…

Waste Management in the Era of CoVID-19

On 6th June 2020, Centre for Chronic Disease Control co-hosted a webinar titled “Waste Management in the Era of CoVID-19, with Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India, Heath and Environment Leadership Platform and Health Care Without Harm.…

Rethinking ‘mobile camps’ for cancer screening

“Despite public-private initiatives to increase preventive screening for cancer through mobile camps, mortality rates on account of the disease continue to be high.” – Samayita Ghosh -Senior Research Associate, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) & Preethiya Sekar. To read…

Powering India's health centres with renewables can build resilience

OPINION: “The current crisis has opened up the opportunity for #Health & #energy sectors to work together as a longer-term #resilience intervention” write Dr.K. Srinath Reddy-President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)& Harish Hande -Founder & Chairman SELCO Foundation. To…

Children and climate crisis in a Covid-19 world

“We must address the intertwined nature of threat multipliers like climate change and pandemics to the physical and mental health of our children” writes Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran, Head-Environmental Health & Additional Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health…

Children at the receiving end of climate change

“Co-author of the report Poornima Prabhakaran from the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) says the changing climate predisposes children to climate-sensitive infectious diseases such as Vibrio cholerae induced diarrhoea and mosquito-borne dengue and malaria.” To read the full article in Nature…

Air pollution: The time to act is now

“India cannot afford to have a laid-back, lackadaisical approach to the new public health emergency caused by its deteriorating air quality. The time to act is now.” writes Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran, Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India…

Hamied Fellowship Program Forges Links to India

Under the Yusuf Hamied Fellowship Program, Dr. Aditi Roy- Research Scientist, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India​, was in residence at Columbia Mailman to meet with faculty and students, and present research on environmental health. To read…

Enemy at the gates, it’s time to do battle

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy – President, Public Health Foundation of India writes about Air pollution and its heavy toll on India. He concludes this Firspost article with hope for the health of all Indians, that the will to curb air…

Urgent solutions needed to mitigate the impact of climate change on health

Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran, Head- Environmental Health & Deputy Director, Centre for Environmental Health, Public Health Foundation of India calls for an all-encompassing strategy that addresses health though the sustainable development agenda which can go a long way in setting the…

Delhi pollution bursts at the seams

Mr. J Koshy Writes on CPCB updated report and quoting here ‘severe’ levels of air pollution in Delhi-NCR. To read more about the article, please click here. Please here for PDF Version.

Why is it difficult to clean up the Ganga?

Mr Jacob Koshy writes about “Facing Difficulties to Clean up the Holy Ganga” Click here to read more about this article. For PDF Version, Please Click here

The lowdown on India’s air pollution crisis.

Mr. J Koshy writes on “Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata and many other Indian Cities, grapple with air pollution” Click here for more about this article. Please here here for PDF Version.

New ‘gas standards’ in the works to fight pollution

Mr. Jacob Koshy writes about “A unified testing methodology to ensure that all agencies that map air pollution use accurate instruments that’s Govt. is preparing for”. Click here to read more about Mr. Koshy’s article on “Unified Testing methodology to…

Winter may be warmer than 40-year normal

Mr. Jacob Koshy writes about “Increasing winter temperatures across the country” Click here to read more about Mr. Koshy’s Article on “winter temperatures that’s continuously increasing” Please click here for PDF Version

What is the lowdown on re-curving cyclones?

Mr. Jacob Koshy writes about “cyclones and its moves, Why does it matter”? Click here to read more about Mr. Koshy’s article “Cyclone and its spin clockwise moves”. Click here for PDF Version

Come July, label mandatory for food certified as ‘organic'

Mr. Jacob Koshy writes about “Companies producing organic food will be prosecuted if found not sticking to standards, according to FSSAI ″. Click here to read more about Koshy’s article about Organic food and Third party certification. Please click here…

Adverse Effects of Climate Change (Hindi)

Article published by S.P.Singh in Dainik Jagran talks about the threat of varied rainfall patterns, increasing temperature, looming threat of groundwater depletion and more.

Asbestos in India

Exposure to asbestos is a risk factor for developing disabling and deadly lung diseases years after the exposure. Inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to scarring of the lung tissue, which can result in the loss of lung function, disability and…

Air Pollution Facts

The quality of air has been under a lot of discussion since Diwali. Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog with the air quality index crossing the 1,000 microgram mark for the first time in South Delhi.…

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