The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on 19 May 2016 launched the Centre for Environmental Health in New Delhi.
The centre was launched to assess the impact of environment-related problems like air pollution, climate change, pesticide use and sanitation on health.
Key highlights related to Centre for Environmental Health
• It is a joint initiative of the Public Health Foundation of India and the Tata Institute of Social Science.
• The centre will conduct research across a range of environmental health issues, including chemical exposure, water and hygiene.
• Its mandate also includes capacity-building, advocacy, outreach and remedial issues.
• The research component of the centre is going to be an important aspect for the government to follow.
• Besides, the centre will also establish a policy engagement platform with regular meetings with the government, civil society, academia and the private sector to develop pathways for better implementation of the eco-friendly policies.
About Public Health Foundation of India
• The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is an autonomous foundation located in New Delhi, India.
• The foundation was created as a public-private initiative and launched by the then Prime minister Manmohan Singh in 2006.
• It was created with the aim of enhancing the capacity of public health professionals in the country over five to seven years.
• The PHFI initiative was collaboratively developed over two years under the leadership of former Sr. Partner Worldwide, McKinsey & Company Rajat Gupta, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and President, PHFI and former Head of the Department of Cardiology, AIIMS, K. Srinath Reddy.
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Where: New Delhi
What: Launched by JP Nadda
When: 19 May 2016