• Dr. Varun Kakde
    Senior Associate - Public & Environment Health
    vkakde at taru dot co dot in


UCHAI represents an initiative to build capacity for climate-proofing of the human health sector in India. Towards this end it endeavours 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 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), Indian Meteorological Society (IMS), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, United States, Taru Leading Edge and others. Taru Leading Edge coordinated UCHAI network’s activities in its first year of operation.

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