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Environmental Health


Promoting Healthy Environments

Improving the environments in which people live is central to improving their health and quality of life. Our global health efforts focus on adverse conditions such as poor sanitation and inadequate water supplies that contribute to diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and other infectious and non-communicable diseases ranging from TB and HIV to asthma, heart disease, and various forms of cancer.

We help national, regional, and local partners identify environmental health problems and develop and implement programs and policies to diffuse them. Our work promotes individual empowerment, enabling people to make environmental improvements in their homes and neighborhoods.

Recognizing the interconnectedness of people, their health, and the environment, whenever possible, we integrate our environmental initiatives with broader health and population programs, conservation and water management, and livelihoods activities.


Environmental Health

Improving Conditions in Homes & Communities
  • Improving governance and management of community-led total sanitation and community-managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities.
  • Education and behavior change on communal and personal hygiene.
  • Medical waste management.
  • Environmental and climate-change adaptation, resiliency planning, and mitigation.
  • Reducing indoor pollution from smoky cooking fires and cookstoves.
  • Implementing community projects to control mosquitoes and other disease vectors.
  • Supporting community leaders and civil society to improve sanitation, water management, school environments, and medical waste management.
  • Responding during crises, whether natural disasters or man-made outbreaks, to implement WASH standards and help local providers improve infection prevention, with a focus on longer-term resiliency.
Supporting Institutional Actions
  • Helping health ministries and district health and water offices establish disease, waste, and pollution surveillance systems and training staff to use them.
  • Researching connections between health and the environment through epidemiological research, indoor/outdoor monitoring, and industrial hygiene inspections.
  • Writing location-specific environmental health assessments.
  • Providing education and training to build the capacity of local providers to meet community needs related to WASH and other environmental concerns.
  • Integrating population, health, and environment components to broader community development, family planning, and conservation.

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