The Threat of Air Pollution and Heart Disease in India
Historical analyses of environmental and public health policy offer insight into the successes and failures of political action in these arenas. This perspective can guide advocacy and governance in hopes of greater success moving forward.
Air pollution and heart disease have emerged over the past decade as major challenges facing India—and China and all other developing countries—today. The problems are linked: Air pollution is a major risk factor for heart disease. This project draws on past research to understand the distinct but linked histories of these problems. The resulting analyses of the shifting causes of air pollution, the ways in which it became a cause of public concern, governments’ responses to that problem, and the prospects for successful reform should provide valuable guidance for policymakers today. The project will collaborate with the Public Health Foundation of India to examine the connection between history and policy.
Partner Affiliations in India
Public Health Foundation of India