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Umeå-Chennai joint research project on Heat Effects on Workers’ Health

September 21, 2020 - 10:01

Umeå Centre for Global Health Research, based at the Dept. of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, has established a research collaboration with the Dept. of Environmental Health Engineering at Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India. The project, led by Professor Tord Kjellström, deals with Workplace Heat Effects on Working Peoples’ Health and Productivity. It is an issue of particular importance in tropical low and middle income countries, and the negative effects affect poor people and women more than the average person. The issue has been overlooked in almost all global reports on climate and climate change impacts on the future socio-economic conditions in low and middle income countries. The projects further analysis of the problem and testing of preventive methods is therefore highly relevant. The results of the project, launched in the fall 2012, will focus on health protection, productivity enhancement and poverty reduction in India, but the outputs and outcomes will also be of great value in the global health research and practice program of the Swedish partners.
Prof. Kjellström is a specialist in environmental and occupational epidemiology focusing on health impacts of climate change, health equity and urban health. He is also affiliated to National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University in Canberra, and has published material on the issue also before. In 2011, an article entitled ”Workplace heat stress in the context of rising temperature in India” was published in Current Science. The article was co-written by S. K. Dash at the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD). Go for the article.
Umeå-Chennai joint research project on Heat Effects on Workers’ Health


September 21, 2020