Although only a few short months have passed since the 2020s began, it feels like a lifetime ago. The new year dawned with the coronavirus tempest throwing business as usual for most everyone on the planet to the wind. We may well look back at the end of 2019 as the closing out not only of a decade, but of a chapter of modern human history. Yet that chapter, and what we did last year, is still highly relevant in helping us decide how we will move forward.
The work that we did in 2019 with doctors, nurses, hospitals, health systems, ministries of health and United Nations organizations has achieved many positive results that will inform our efforts in this and coming years. Our global programs are accelerating the reduction of health care greenhouse gas emissions, building greater health system resilience, protecting people from the health impacts of biomedical waste, and reducing the social and environmental footprint of health care’s supply chain. Most importantly, we continue to build an ever growing and more dynamic set of networks—a worldwide community.
Health Care Without Harm was founded 24 years ago at the intersection of human health and the environment. At no time in our history has our mission been more relevant than now.