Health exposure studies

Assess actual exposure to pollutants of vulnerable populations like those with health conditions, or exposure due to occupation and lifestyle in the city

The heterogeneous nature of pollution sources in a typical Indian city warrants more local monitoring for accurate estimates of what people are exposed to. Individual exposure depends on the level of pollutants in the air as well as the amount of time individuals spend in different environments. In the Indian context, this time spent in different environments also known as time-activity patterns, remains poorly understood. In addition, exposure of vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women are routinely under-monitored.

The study would cover the exposure of multiple interest groups e.g. Vulnerable groups, Occupational groups (to capture different exposure profiles with special focus on professionals who spend majority of their time in high exposure environments), and people who lead active lifestyles and are regular visitors of green spaces (Cubbon Park/Lalbagh).

The groups of interest are:

  • Vulnerable groups
    • Children
      • 5 years old and younger
      • Older than 5 years
    • Pregnant women
    • Elderly
      • At home/regular lifestyle
      • Hospital/nursing homes
  • Occupational groups (to capture different exposure profiles with special focus on professionals who spend majority of their time in high exposure environments)
    • IT professionals (or participants who spend majority of their work day in air conditioned offices)
    • Traffic Police
    • Street vendors
    • Vehicle drivers
      • Auto
      • Taxi
      • BMTC buses
    • E-commerce delivery service persons (Swiggy/Dunzo, etc.)
    • Pourakarmikas
  • Active lifestyles/green spaces
    • Marathon runners
    • Regular visitors of green spaces (Cubbon Park/Lalbagh)

 

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