Partnering with governments and promoting sound research and data to advocate for clean air.
In 2020, the Environmental Health program released “Toward Clean Air Jakarta,” a landmark study on the leading contributors to Jakarta’s air pollution, and created a new website the public can use to track the government’s response to the problem. More broadly in Indonesia, Vital is developing an investment case for air pollution mitigation for the well-being of children, in collaboration with UNICEF Indonesia, the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning, and civil society. Also in 2020, the program released “Through the Smokescreen,” a report revealing the public’s limited understanding of the major sources of air pollution. Vital has joined the newly created Clean Air Accelerator consortium to advance the capacity of countries and USAID to engage the public health sector in driving air pollution policy initiatives in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.