20 May 2016 Current Affairs: 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.
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.
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.