Webinar: How prepared is India’s Health sector to lead on climate action and advocacy?

Webinar: How prepared is India’s Health sector to lead on climate action and advocacy?

COVID-19 has left an indelible mark on the health sector worldwide. There is no doubt about the need for greater preparedness and increased awareness among health professionals about the risks of climate and environmental impacts on public health. A new study conducted across India among more than 3,000 health professionals reveals the understanding and attitudes of health workers towards the changing environment and what it entails for the sector.

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India | Chhattisgarh leans on citizens’ science and participatory decision making to combat toxic air

India | Chhattisgarh leans on citizens’ science and participatory decision making to combat toxic air

State Health Resource Center (SHRC), Chhattisgarh is implementing a unique pilot in two polluted districts (Raipur and Korba) of the State to strengthen the health systems and prepare them to respond to air pollution related health problems. Their approach integrates citizens science and community health workers’ role in raising awareness on air pollution and health.

SHRC, in collaboration with Healthy Energy Initiative India and the health department, is also working towards setting up a network of 150 low cost monitors in polluted regions to provide real-time …

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India | New report: Strengthening pollution control boards to meet air quality standards

India | New report: Strengthening pollution control boards to meet air quality standards

The report, produced by Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) and Health Care Without Harm, highlights the institutional and informational barriers that hamper the goal of achieving the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The findings reveal several key structural roadblocks that affect effective implementation of existing regulations, thereby broader achievement of ambient air quality standards.

Acute and chronic exposures to air pollution are leading risk factors for ill health in India, with exposures to Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and Ozone alone contributing to over 1.2 million premature deaths annually. …

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Chhattisgarh Health Department launches a statewide awareness campaign on air pollution and health

Chhattisgarh Health Department launches a statewide awareness campaign on air pollution and health

As the winter and festival season approaches, many parts of India are currently experiencing extremely high levels of air pollution that can have detrimental impacts on health of the population. Keeping this in mind and safety of the population, Hon’ble Health Minister Shri T S Singh Deo and the Department of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of Chhattisgarh have initiated a State-wide awareness campaign on air pollution and health impacts.

“Chhattisgarh happens to be among those States which has very …

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India | Media campaign to urge the implementation of thermal power plant emission norms

Healthy Energy Initiative India and Doctor’s for Clean Air, along with leading citizen groups and doctors from different regions of that country, recently released a video that shows how the delay in the implementation of emission standards in coal power plants causes irreparable damage to the health of children. 

According to the video, missed deadlines each year causes an estimated  “88,000 cases of childhood asthma, 140,000 cases of pre-term births, and 3,900 premature deaths among children.”

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“The toxic fumes which come out of thermal …

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Report: 76 major coal ash accidents in the last decade in India, yet regulatory norms being diluted

Report: 76 major coal ash accidents in the last decade in India, yet regulatory norms being diluted

A new report by Healthy Energy Initiative India and Community Environmental Monitoring establishes that at least 76 major coal ash pond accidents occurred across the country between 2010 and June 2020.

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Study finds uneven levels of awareness among doctors about air pollution and health

Study finds uneven levels of awareness among doctors about air pollution and health

Health Care Without Harm’s partner in India, the Centre for Chronic Disease Control, has published findings from a study titled “Understanding knowledge, attitude and practice of health practitioners towards health effects of air pollution in India.”

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Webinar: Health practitioners perception towards health effects of air pollution in India

Webinar: Health practitioners perception towards health effects of air pollution in India

On July 18 don’t miss out the upcoming webinar Health practitioners perception towards health effects of air pollution in India, organized by the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), the Health and Environment Leadership Platform (H.E.L.P.) and Health Care Without Harm.

During the session, speakers will present the findings of the study Understanding knowledge, attitude and practice of health practitioners towards health effects of air pollution in India, and practicing physicians and medical experts will discuss a way forward to better understand the health effects of air pollution.

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International health group calls for ban on coal, urges action by governments and institutions

International health group calls for ban on coal, urges action by governments and institutions

Calling coal a “lethal product,” the World Federation of Public Health Associations issued a Call to Ban Coal for Electricity Production.

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India | Doctors exchange knowledge and strategies to protect air quality as lockdown eases

India | Doctors exchange knowledge and strategies to protect air quality as lockdown eases

In a first-of-its-kind webinar, doctors across regions and specialities in India came together to build a strong health sector response to ensure clean air as India begins to reopen. Titled Air Pollution and COVID-19: Strategies for Health Experts to Engage on Air Pollution post Relaxation of COVID-19 Lockdown in India, this webinar hosted by Health Care Without Harm’s partners in India received over 230 registrations, with 1,800+ views through the live stream on Facebook (available here) and 200 individuals joining live through Zoom.

Dr. Poornima Prabhakaran, …

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