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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    Growing resilience in India’s food systems: Introducing project SAHeLEE

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    How environmental degradation mars health and nutrition

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    Connecting with the Community: How FOLU India engages farmers to improve nutrition

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Air pollution causing heart diseases

Dr Kanhaiya Lal

Air pollution is one of the five leading causes of death worldwide. An eminent cardiologist associated with the Harvard Medical School presents terrifying statistics on worldwide deaths linked to air pollution. Air pollution-linked illness was found to be seven crores globally, and 70 lakh people lost their lives, according to the WHO. Out of these deaths, about 24 lakh deaths were associated with Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), and 13 lakh deaths were due to heart strokes, that is, a total of 37 lakh deaths from heart-ailments.

Climate Adaptation and Financing

Ms Mahima Uttreja

TERI in this project will identify relevant adaptation strategies including short to long-term risk planning to support the adaptation and implementation process.


Stop Air Pollution before it causes health degradation: Swasth Sharir ke liye Swastya Shivir

August 20, 2023
to August 22, 2023


Taking a Breath of Fresh Knowledge: TERI's Health Camp in Lucknow

Webinar Series on Waste-Derived Nanomaterials: Part-I Industrial Wastes to Nano-commodities: Status, Impact and Future Prospects

October 7, 2021
to October 7, 2021

The webinar aims at highlighting various leads being taken to derive nano-materials from different waste resources via a 'Circular Economy' model.

On 7 October 2021, 02:00 PM to 4:30 PM IST

Nanostructured Materials in Food Packaging, Preservation and Diagnostics

August 26, 2021
to August 26, 2021

The webinar aims to raise awareness around nanotechnological application in food and feed sectors.

On 26 August 2021, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM IST

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.


From alarm bells to recess bell: Address nutrition gaps

October 19, 2022
| Dr Manish Anand and Dr Meena Sehgal
| Mint

The need of the hour is a multi-pronged approach focused on short supply chains, sustainable public food procurement and redistribution, a network of partners that support food-processing-driven rural livelihood diversification and diversified diets. To help make affordable food widely available, three partnerships are crucial: with panchayats, the private sector and pathshalas (schools).

Building a climate-resilient public health system

September 9, 2021
| Ms Meena Sehgal
| ET HealthWorld

The recently released sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has painted a grim picture of the times in store. It warns of heatwaves and humid heat stress getting more intense and frequent in the 21st century, and other such scenarios. Further, rapidly emerging knowledge from across the globe indicates that residing in high-risk areas makes families more vulnerable to mental stress, disruption in food supply chains, reduced access to medical care provisions for routine disease burden, migration, and infectious and vector borne disease.

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.


Contamination of Heavy Metals in India

November 25, 2021

Heavy metal pollution is a great concern for the environment and human health, especially in developing countries like India. Owing to their toxic, non-degradable and bio-accumulative nature, health burden on the population has increased significantly.

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

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.

Area Convener of Centre for Forest Mgmt. & Governance; and Nutritional Security