Public Seminar "The evolving and heterogeneous adverse health effects of air pollution across the states of India"

Seminar Room 515, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

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Ajay Mahal, Nossal Institute for Global Health

T: 8344 9299

Presenter:  Professor Lalit Dandona

Lalit Dandona is Distinguished Research Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi, Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Director of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative.

Public Seminar

This seminar will describe the disease burden from air pollution in every state of India estimated by the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative as part of the Global Burden of Disease Study from 1990 to 2017.  It will discuss that while there is heterogeneity in this adverse impact among the states, air pollution is a significant problem in all parts of India leading to one in eight deaths in India attributable to it in 2017.  It will highlight the divergent trends of outdoor and household air pollution over time, and compare the magnitude of disease burden from air pollution with that from tobacco use in India. The seminar will also discuss the sources of air pollution, the increasing public and policy interest in the control of air pollution, and the gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed through further research.