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Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 2 (February)

JSGP faculty receive research funding to study impact of climate change on public health systems

Dr. Indranil Mukhopdhyay, Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) and Dr. Pradeep Guin, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy have received research funding for an R&D project titled Population Vulnerabilities, Households Barriers to Access Health Services, Health System Resources Tracking and Resource Gap Analysis for Vector-Borne Diseases in Urban Areas. The project is funded by the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. Dr. Mukhopdhyay is the Principal Investigator and Dr. Guin is the C0-Principal Investigator.  

About the Project

Climate change is an accepted reality. The health effects of climate change are multidimensional, and include disease incidence, household costs and social consequences. Science on climate change and its health impacts is increasingly investigating the different dimensions of environmental changes and the interactions of these changes with aspects such as urbanization and migration. Every year, thousands of cases of vector-borne diseases are reported in India, leading to high morbidity and mortality. In particular, the disease burden is highest from malaria and dengue, with particular consequences for the poor and marginalized populations. Such as low income communities, residentially vulnerable, and with impacts for socially vulnerable like children and the elderly.

The objective of this research study is to examine population vulnerabilities, household burden, response of health and other systems and resources for building preparedness against the rising burden of dengue and malaria from climate change. Using the framework of the National Mission for Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change, the project will develop policy-relevant science on challenges faced by households and health systems in developing response and resilience to climate change in India. The project aims to investigate perspectives of key informants and domain experts to understand knowledge and resource bottlenecks, and recommend tangible strategies that can be implemented by health and other agencies (urban local bodies) for prevention and management of dengue and malaria.