Health and Pollution Action Plans

Planning for Pollution Interventions 

Developing a protocol to save millions of lives. 

This process develops a methodology to enable countries to prioritize pollution within their own development policies, determine the most cost effective investments based on health metrics, and begin to prioritize focused interventions.

The methodology is being developed in partnership with a variety of relevant government agencies (such as Environment, Health, Development, Industry, Transport, Mines, and Finance) and the World Bank, UNEP, UNDP and others, under the umbrella of the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), a group that is coordinated by the offices of Pure Earth.


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How to Apply



Pure Earth was appointed to be the secretariat of the Global Alliance for Health and Pollution because of its successful 16-­‐year track record in assessing and solving pollution problems impacting millions of vulnerable children and families. The leadership team driving the work has a combined 100 years of experience in environmental health, development, and capacity-­‐ building.   The following experts will provide ongoing strategic guidance to the Project Director regarding data collection on the countries; selection of and outreach to workshop participants; development and facilitation of the workshops; as well as follow-­‐up and monitoring.


Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth. Early in his career, Mr. Fuller worked in the rainforests of Brazil with the United Nations Environmental Programme, creating forest reserves that promote the preservation of both the rainforest and its inhabitants. In

1989, he then established Great Forest Inc., now one of the most successful sustainability consulting companies in the United States. In 1999, Mr. Fuller founded the not-­‐for-­‐profit Pure Earth. Focused on pollution in the developing world, the

organization has become a key driving force to deal with toxic pollution across the globe, with activities, staff, and clean up programs in 52 countries to date, and partners including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other multilateral agencies; multiple UN agencies; and major governments in every region.


Philip Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc., the Dean for Global Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Dr. Landrigan worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and played a central role in EPA’s 1976 decision to remove lead from gasoline, an action that led to a more than 90% reduction in incidence of childhood lead poisoning in the US and to elevation of population mean IQ.  Dr. Landrigan also directed the national program in occupational epidemiology for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Landrigan served as Editor-­‐in-­‐Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and Editor of Environmental Research. He has published more than 500 scientific papers and 5 books. He has chaired committees at the National Academy of Sciences on Environmental Neurotoxicology and on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children.


Karti Sandilya, Senior Advisor Pure Earth. Mr. Sandilya was a member of the Indian Foreign Service for over 20 years. His diplomatic career included assignments to Argentina, the UN and GATT (now WTO) in Geneva, and Bangladesh. He also served in senior positions in the Ministries of External Affairs, Finance and Commerce. In 1986, Mr. Sandilya joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB). During his time with ADB, he authored major Board policy papers on resource mobilization, good governance and ADB’s poverty reduction strategy. He retired from ADB as Resident Director General of the North American Office and then joined Pure Earth’s executive team.


  • Countries and Partner Organizations

Conducted and designed by senior staff from Pure Earth, World Bank, and others, these country projects will develop a methodology that can ultimately be undertaken in dozens of other countries.