UCHAI represents an initiative to build capacity for climate-proofing of the human health sector in India. Towards this end it endeavors to bring academicians, researchers, practitioners and students from diverse fields including climate science, environment, public health, public policy, social development and urban planning through a resource network and community of practice. UCHAI is involved in this process through training, policy relevant research, vulnerability and adaptation assessment, climate friendly health interventions and communication to different stakeholders. UCHAI is a moderated open platform enhanced by social media and instant messaging.

The initiative is being carried out in partnership with the Indian Meteorological Society (IMS) and is being guided by the UCHAI Advisory Group which consists of experts from leading institutions in India such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), National Health System Resource Centre (NHSRC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). The initiative is hosted by TERI and is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, United States.

UCHAI Advisory Committee

Chair, Advisory Committee, UCHAI

Dr. Sanjiv Kumar

Dr. Sanjiv Kumar, Chair Advisory Committee, UCHAI, has 38 years of experience in public health in 29 countries in Central and South Asia, East and South Africa, Central Eastern Europe, and in academics. He worked in UNICEF as a health specialist at the state and national levels in India, and then held international positions as Chief of Health, Nutrition, Child Survival & Development and Senior Advisor, and as Regional Advisor for 22 countries in Central Asia, Central and East Europe. He has developed leadership and strategic management courses for mid- and senior-level health officials, and supervised research projects for reputed national and international organizations. He currently heads the National Health Systems Resource Centre, which provides technical support to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and state governments in India. He has published about 100 papers in scientific and popular magazines, and chapters in books.

Members, Advisory Committee, UCHAI

Dr. Anand Krishnan

Dr Anand Krishnan, Professor Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi and also heads the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Development and Research in Community-Based Cardio Vascular Disease Prevention and Control. He is recipient of several prestigious awards including the BC Srivastava Award for Best Young Scientist in Community Medicine in 2000, the MK Seshari Award for Research in Community Medicine by the Indian Council of Medical Research in 2008, PN Raju Oration Award by ICMR 2014 and more recently the Harcharan Singh Oration Award of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM) in 2015. He is a member of the National Steering Committee on Monitoring of National Program for Cancer, Diabetes, Cardio Vascular Diseases and Stroke. He has authored more than 200 publications. He is also a Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences, IAPSM, and Indian Public Health Association.


Dr. Banalata Sen

Dr. Banalata Sen is Advisor to the Centre for Environmental Health at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), where she is helping develop the Centre’s portfolio of research, policy, advocacy, communication, and outreach activities. She has over 14 years of experience in environmental health related research, regulation, policy, communication, and education. Prior to joining PHFI, she managed the global environmental health program at US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and led the training and capacity building initiatives of the WHO-NIEHS Collaborating Centre. She has served as a member of the Climate and Health working group of the US Global Change Research Program. Banalata has served as an editor for and led the education and outreach program of the NIEHS journal Environmental Health Perspectives. At the US Environmental Protection Agency, she was involved in conduct of arsenic research, risk assessment, regulatory activities. She has worked as a consultant for the WHO/SEARO and American Cancer Society working on diverse issues ranging from pesticide use in SE Asia to community-led interventions in cancer prevention. She has received multiple awards for her contribution to agency mission at both NIEHS and the US EPA. She has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s in Public Health Leadership from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a specialization in global health program planning and evaluation.


Dr. Dushmanta Pattanaik

Dr. Dushmanta Pattanaik has worked in climate variability and climate prediction for 18 years. He currently works in the Numerical Weather Prediction Division of IMD, New Delhi, specializing in extended range forecasting. He has contributed a chapter on Indian climatology in the context of human health in a book published by TERI in 2012 titled ‘Climate Change and Disease Dynamics in India’. He is also the author of the publication ‘Heat Index Outlook’ over the Indian region with its potential application to the health sector.


Dr. Harshal Salve

Dr. Harshal Salve currently works as faculty of Community Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He is a medical doctor, with a specialization in community medicine/public health from AIIMS, New Delhi. His areas of interests are mental health, non-communicable diseases, climate change, HIV/AIDS and health systems. He has 20 publications in national and international journal to his credit. Currently, he is also the editor of IDD Newsletter IQ Plus Jagriti and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Preventive and Public Health Sciences. He is also a member of IAPSM and IPHA. He has worked in health programs at the national and state levels. Currently, he also serves as guide/mentor to post-graduate students of Community Medicine at AIIMS, New Delhi.


Dr. John M. Balbus

Dr. John M. Balbus is the Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. He serves as the Department of Health and Human Services Principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and co-chairs working groups on Climate Change and Human Health for the US Global Change Research Program and for the National Institutes of Health. He was a lead author on health for the US National Climate Assessment and a Review Editor on Urban Areas for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is currently leading an initiative on Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities as part of the US President’s Climate Action Plan. Dr. Balbus received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University.


Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash is the Director and Practice Head of Policy and Public Services at Taru Leading Edge. He has rich experience of working especially within urban development, water, sanitation, health, environment, livelihood, sustainability, and governance spaces; with institutions like TARU, World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, CARE, ILO, and Govt. of India. With Master’s degree from Delhi School of Economics, he has contributed extensively to development sector through designing and implementing large scale community driven programs, policy analysis and advocacy initiatives. Within climate space, he has been guiding the process of strengthening climate and health movement in India through UCHAI and other initiatives. Manu has also led the process of national roadmap development for ‘Planning Heatwave Management in India’. He has also authored and co-authored many sector documents, reports and papers on various development issues.


Ms. Meena Sehgal

Ms. Meena Sehgal did her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University, Atlanta, USA. She has 22 years of work experience in data analysis, processing and interpretation. Her contributions have been largely in the form of data analysis, processing and statistical interpretation of findings for various health studies. She is proficient in epidemiological planning of studies and in using statistical techniques like regression, correlation, stratified data analysis, multivariate and univariate analysis, and using software packages, including SAS, SUDAAN and Epi-Info. She has also served as Epidemiologist, Australian International Health Institute (AIHI), New Delhi, India, and Data Analyst, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA.


Dr. Pawan Kumar Taneja

Dr. Pawan Kumar Taneja, is a policy analyst specialized in health system research and health financing working as Sr. Faculty (Finance & Operations Research) at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, a policy research think tank of Government of India. He holds Ph. D. in Financing & Operations Research, MBA in Finance & Operations, M. Com in Finance & Quantitative Methods, and PGDStat in Statistics and Data Analytics. He has also done Diploma Course on Leadership Development from MEASURE Evaluation, msh (Management Science for Health) funded by USAID and Certificate Course in Global Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has more than 16 years of rich varied experience in teaching, research and industry. Prior to joining IIPA he has worked with prestigious institutes such as Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), New Delhi. He has coordinated more than 15 operational research projects in the areas of healthcare financing, urban health, maternal and child health, health seeking behavior, climate change and healthcare, and Disaster Management supported by UNICEF, WHO, HLFPPT, Plan International, Government of India etc.


Dr. Ramesh Dhiman

Dr. Ramesh Dhiman is a Scientist ‘G’ (Director Grade) at the National Institute of Malaria Research, Delhi. His field of research is climate change impacts on health, with an emphasis on vector-borne diseases, and early warning of malaria outbreaks using meteorological data and satellite remote sensing. Dr. Dhiman has served as reviewer of IPCC 2007 and IPCC 2014, and has contributed to the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (2008) and two generic protocols for assessment of impacts of climate change on vector-borne diseases for SEARO, World Health Organization. He is an expert member of the advisory committee on climate change with the MoEF and one of the National Coordinators for DST Climate Change Network. He has also represented the Ministry of Health at the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, for Global Framework for Climate.


Dr. Sagnik Dey

Dr. Sagnik Dey received his M.Sc. degree in Applied Geosciences from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in 2000 and his M. Tech. degree from IIT Kanpur in 2002. Subsequently, he joined the Ph.D. program in the same institute and submitted his doctoral thesis on ‘Aerosol Radiative Effects over Kanpur region in the Indo-Gangetic Basin, Northern India’ in July 2007. Dr. Dey worked for three years (August 2007 to July 2010) as Post-doctoral Scientist at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He joined the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi, as Assistant Professor in July 2010. His research interests are to understand and quantify aerosol-cloud interaction and their impacts on climate change, and health impacts of aerosols using remote sensing and in-situ observations and models. He has published more than 50 research papers with an h-index of 19 (source: SCOPUS). He received the INSA Young Scientist Medal for 2008 and NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award in Earth Sciences in January 2012. He is also the recipient of the Dr. Sudhansu Kumar Banerji MoES outstanding young faculty fellowship for the period 2011-2013.


Dr. Shyamala Mani

Dr. Shyamala Mani, Professor, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from JNU and an MPH from School of Public Health, University of California and Berkeley, USA. She helped formulate and finalize several Biomedical Waste Management Rules. She is currently working with her colleagues at NIUA on Urban Climate Change Resilience (UCCR), supported by the Rockefeller Foundation under its ACCCRN program. Under UCCR, she and her colleagues have prepared a manual for municipal officials on Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Resilience. They have conducted four regional workshops for six cities each, which will be integrating climate change resilience planning in their future action. Dr. Mani’s research interests are to build capacity among urban planners towards climate change resilience, especially to strengthen public health aspects in cities and towns.

Ms. Suruchi Bhadwal

Ms. Suruchi Bhadwal, Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Environment Research,TERI. The focus of her research includes studying the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.She is currently a Lead Author in the Special Report on Land of the IPCC. She was part of the Working Group on Climate Change and Environment for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017). She has contributed as a Lead Author for the IPCC AR4 WG II Report and has been a Review Editor for the IPCC AR5 WG II Report and the IPCC Special Report on Extreme Events.

Nitish Dogra

Dr. Nitish Dogra, is a physician, physiologist and public health specialist by training, with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Johns Hopkins University, United States. Based in New Delhi, he has over a decade’s experience in environmental health, with a strong focus on studying the health impacts of climate change. He was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship by the US State Department and the Government of India for work related to climate change-attributable burden of disease in India. Dr. Dogra has worked extensively with the World Health Organization (WHO). In August 2014, he delivered, on request, an invited commentary at the Conference on Health and Climate organized by WHO Headquarters, Geneva, the first such global-level ministerial meet in this area.



Currently UCHAI is being hosted by TERI. The team administering the UCHAI activities at TERI comprises of:


Ms. Meena Sehgal

Ms. Meena Sehgal did her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University, Atlanta, USA. She has 22 years of work experience in data analysis, processing and interpretation. Her contributions have been largely in the form of data analysis, processing and statistical interpretation of findings for various health studies. She is proficient in epidemiological planning of studies and in using statistical techniques like regression, correlation, stratified data analysis, multivariate and univariate analysis, and using software packages, including SAS, SUDAAN and Epi-Info. She has also served as Epidemiologist, Australian International Health Institute (AIHI), New Delhi, India, and Data Analyst, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA.


Ms. Vidhu Gupta

Ms. Vidhu Gupta did her Master’s in Food and Nutrition from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, India. She is presently working on “Understanding climate and health associations” project. She has work experience in nutrition- related research work including dietary intake patterns, food composition analysis and nutritional biomarkers analysis. She has previously worked with Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Gurgaon. 


Mehar Kaur is a research associate at TERI in the Environment and Waste Management Division. She has a master’s degree in environmental health engineering from Tufts University, Boston. At TERI, Mehar is associated with the Understanding Climate Health Associations in India (UCHAI) webinar and working on Sustainable Health Urban Environments (SHUE) project. She has experience in working on environmental issues with various stakeholders in Boston, USA and India.



Ms. Ruchi Batra is working as Information Analyst at TERI in the Knowledge Management Division. She has a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. At TERI, Ruchi is associated with the Understanding Climate Health Associations in India (UCHAI) project for website development and updates.


Ms. Tanvi Sharma

Ms. Tanvi Sharma has been working with TERI as a Research Assistant for past four years. She has been working in government projects like ENVIS (Environment Information System) since long. She holds a Master’s degree in Environment and Development from Ambedkar University, Delhi and has a strong Knowledge in Environment related issues like Renewable Energy and others.



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