How might low-income households build resilience against air pollution?

Exposure to air pollution in India is among the highest in the world and continues to increase. The country includes 11 of the world’s 15 most polluted cities [1], a crisis that led to 1.2 million premature deaths in 2017 [2].

Low-income households in dense urban settlements bear an unequal impact from air pollution. In the context of biomass-based chulhas and waste burning practices, such households suffer from even higher concentrations of indoor pollution.

Madanpur Khadar is a dense, low-income settlement in Delhi’s southeast fringe, on the outskirts of Sarita Vihar and the Okhla industrial area — on the banks of River Yamuna. Our work in the settlement revealed the opportunity to reduce exposure to air pollution through improved living conditions within homes.

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