GS Paper - 3 (Environment)

World Environmental Health Day is observed on 26 September. The theme for this year is ‘Prioritising Environmental Health for healthier communities in the global recovery.’ The day is important in the current situation as most parts of the world continue to recover from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation.


  1. In such times, the importance of the Environmental Health workforce has been highlighted more than ever before.
  2. The day was started by the International Federation of Environmental Health council during a meeting in Indonesia on this day in 2011.
  3. Environmental health comes under public health as it deals with health interrelationships between people and the environment.
  4. In order to improve environmental health, countries will have to work in the direction of reducing water illness, toxic chemical exposure, illness prevention among other things.
  5. In 2020, the theme of the day was related to environmental health literacy and the primary focus of the day was to work on children’s health and safety.

Government Schemes in India for Environmental Health:

  1. Namami Gange Programme
  2. Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)
  3. Nagar Van Scheme
  4. Van Dhan Yojana
  5. Jal Jeevan Mission
  6. National Clean Air Programme