doctors can play a defining role inTHE WAR AGAINST AIR POLLUTION

Air Pollution: A Public Health Emergency

Air Pollution is a silent killer, taking the lives of millions of people across the World and causing many chronic health issues. 4.2 million deaths occur every year worldwide as a result of exposure to ambient (outdoor) air pollution and 3.8 million deaths every year as a result of household exposure to smoke from dirty cookstoves and fuels.

India is paying the cost of rapid urbanization and industrialization in the form of rapidly deteriorating Air Quality. While New Delhi has been in the news time and again for being amongst the most polluted cities, the situation is equally bad in most other cities as well. 95% of Indian population breathes polluted Air.

Role of Doctors

Nobody sees the health ill effects of air pollution as closely as doctors, as they see the affected patients and manage them. Additionally, when doctors talk to their patients and families, they are more likely to be able to motivate them as they talk from position of strength. Thus, doctors can be a "motivated motivator". They can translate the studies across the world which link Air Pollution and health into simple, understandable words for the common people.

"Doctors for Clean Air" will be a network of identified, passionate and trained Doctors who will lead the fight against Air Pollution in their respective regions across India.

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Doctors must educate the general public about the serious ill-effects of Air Pollution and the damage to their health and future generations due to breathing dirty air.



Citizens and policy makers must realize the threat to mankind due to air pollution and recognize Air Pollution as a Public Health Emergency.



Doctors to influence Citizens, Administrators and Policy Makers for the need for urgent and stricter actions for Clean Air for their health.


DFCA IS AN INITIATIVE BYLung Care Foundation &

Lung Care Foundation

A not-for-profit organization working towards "Care & Cure OF 2.6 Billion Lungs in India" through education, research & clinical care.

Healthcare Without Harm

Works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

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Dr. Maria Neira

Public and Environmental Health
World Health Organization

Dr. Arvind Kumar

Co-Founder & Managing Trustee
Lung Care Foundation
Chairman - Centre for Chest Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Ms. Christiana Figueres

Every Breath Matters
Former Executive Secretary
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Mr. Josh Karliner

International Director
Health Care Without Harm

doctors for clean airInaugural Launch Event

'Doctors for Clean Air' (DFCA), was launched on December 4, 2018 bringing together more than 40 senior Doctors (including Pulmonologists, Surgeons, Paediatricians, Radiologists etc) representing every state of the country. These doctors took the social responsibility to become Clean Air Champions to advocate for Clean Air by by highlighting the health ill-effects of Air Pollution and promoting viable solutions.

Top office bearers of 12 leading National Medical Associations, representing over 1.5 lakh specialist Doctors of India, also joined the program and committed themselves to this cause and will work for Clean Air for all in promote this cause through their organizations and involve those Doctors.

Ms Christiana Figueres, CoChair - Every Breath Matters, Founding Partner - Global Optimism & Former Executive Secretary – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) graced the occasion and motivated the doctors to create a public outcry for Clean Air.


Clean Air Champions


doctors for clean airSTATE CHAPTER LAUNCHES

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T.N. & Puducherry
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M.P. Chapter
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U.P. Chapter

doctors for clean airSupporting Medical Associations

12 leading National Medical Associations, representing over 1.5 lakh specialist Doctors of India Support Doctors For Clean Air.

doctors for clean airBECOME A CLEAN AIR AMBASSADOR

I acknowledge that Air Pollution is a Public Health Emergency. I am a medical doctor and I wish to be a change-maker. I commit to promote Clean Air in my social and professional domain. Please include me in the movement for Doctors For Clean Air.