Strategic partners and international partnerships

Strategic partners

International partnerships


Strategic partners

In addition to our regional offices in Asia, Europe, the United States, and our regional team in Latin America, Health Care Without Harm has a set of strategic partnerships around the world. These organizations generally lead the development and implementation of Health Care Without Harm-related work in their country, including our Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network and the Healthy Energy Initiative, while also participating in international program development.


Australia: Climate and Health Alliance

The establishment of the Climate and Health Alliance was a direct response to the call from the international medical journal The Lancet in 2009 calling for a public health movement that 'framed the threat of climate change for humankind as a health issue.'

CAHA’s members recognize that health care stakeholders have a particular responsibility to the community in advocating for climate action to protect and promote human health.

CAHA works to catalyse action on climate change through building a powerful health sector movement, nationally and internationally. Visit website.


Brazil: Projeto Hospitais Saudáveis

Projeto Hospitais Saudáveis (PHS) is a non-economic association, dedicated to transforming the health care sector into an example for protecting the environment, health care workers, patients, and the population.

Health care professionals, service providers, health education and research institutions, civil society organizations, and other public or private organizations are committed to the goals and values we advocate, and participate in PHS.

Health care, like all productive activities, generates environmental and health impacts. In Brazil, as well as in several parts of the world, these impacts are aggravated by the precariousness of infrastructure in the poorest regions and by the lack of information and coordinated actions.

PHS works to develop and support a cooperation network, based on the commitment of the country's health institutions, as well as professionals from all categories who work in the Brazilian health system. In addition to the health care sector, PHS works in partnership with professional, union, and sectoral organizations, teaching and research institutes, public bodies and non-governmental organizations in the areas of occupational health and safety, public health and the environment. Visit website.


China: Rock Environment and Energy Institute

Rock Environment & Energy Institute (REEI), founded in July 2012 in Beijing and registered as non-for-profit organization in Shunyi Bureau of Civil Affairs in April 2018, is an independent think tank working on environment and energy policy research. We focus on energy transition policy and discuss how to achieve a low-carbon energy system.

REEI formulates the policy analysis from three significant pillars, social justice, environmental sustainability, and public health. Visit website.


India: Public Health Foundation of India

Based in New Delhi and established in 2006, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is an autonomously governed, public-private educational and research institution that is actively engaged in strengthening health systems and improving public health services across India. PHFI has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and international academia, state and central governments, multi- and bi-lateral agencies, and civil society groups. Most importantly, PHFI’s Centre for Environmental Health provides a much-needed platform in India for dedicated and high quality research and capacity building in the area of environmental health. The centre aims to catalyze environmental health research in India, with the ultimate aim of influencing evidence-informed policymaking across sectors. Visit website.


India: Lung Care Foundation

Lung Care Foundation has been a formal Health Care Without Harm partner since 2018, working with us on the Doctors for Clean Air initiative. Lung Care Foundation (LCF) was established in 2015 as a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the cause of promoting lung health and working towards the care and cure of 2.6 billion lungs in India. Based in New Delhi, the foundation works toward achieving its objective through focused actions in three core areas of Education, Research, and Clinical Care. 

Lung Care Foundation has been instrumental in creating a network of 40 senior doctors representing every state of the country and 21 National Medical Associations representing 200,000 specialty doctors across the country to form a unified voice against Air Pollution under the Doctors for Clean Air Program. Together, these doctors are networked with most leading doctors in all major cities across the country. LCF and its new Doctors for Clean Air network have addressed more than 15,000 individuals and touched millions through their digital campaigns. Visit website.


Healthy Energy Initiative India

Healthy Energy Initiative India (HEI India) was launched by Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM) in 2014. HEI India works on grassroots support, awareness, advocacy, and action around the health impacts of energy choices. Placing health at the center of discussion, HEI India aims to sensitize and build a consensus among public health and medical professionals to weigh in on matters pertaining to environmental health, air pollution, and the role of fossil fuel based energy choices in climate change. 

HEI India also works toward bridging the gap between pollution-impacted communities, public health professionals and regulatory agencies. At one level it helps build the understanding among the public health community of the impacts of industrial pollution on residents by connecting them to the impacted communities and assisting them in providing health perspectives to such communities.

At another level it builds the capacity of the public health and medical community to understand environmental impact assessments, undertake short-term health impact studies, and then use that knowledge to influence policies for better decisions in the interest of public health and well-being. Visit website.


Nepal: Health Environment and Climate Action Foundation (HECAF 360)

Health Care Foundation Nepal (HECAF) is a national non-governmental and not-for-profit organization established in 1994. HECAF is registered in Kathmandu District Administration Office with the mandate to work in three areas: health care, environmental health, and emergency medicine. 

HECAF 360 is not just about health care waste management. Its work in health care settings also extends to:
• Eliminating mercury-containing devices.
• Instituting safe injection systems.
• Planning and instituting renewable energy projects.
• Promoting climate smart healthcare solutions.
• Encouraging green building design.
• Ensuring effective Water Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH).
• Building safe waste water treatment systems.
• Implementing safer chemical substitution.
• Safely managing pharmaceutical waste.
• Safely disposing of menstrual sanitary waste.
• Advocating for sustainable green procurement.
Visit website.


South Africa: groundWork

groundWorkgroundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in Southern Africa in the areas of Climate & Energy Justice, Coal, Environmental Health, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Waste.

groundWork seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people in South Africa, and increasingly in Southern Africa, through assisting civil society to have a greater impact on environmental governance.

groundWork places particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable and previously disadvantaged people who are most affected by environmental injustices. Visit website


International partnerships

Health Care Without Harm also works in partnership with international organizations around the globe.


World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)

World Federation of Public Health AssociationsThe WFPHA is an international, nongovernmental organization composed of over 100 association’s member, mostly multidisciplinary national public health associations, and representing around 1 million public health professionals worldwide. It is the only worldwide professional society representing and serving the broad field of public health.


WFPHA’s mission is to promote and protect global public health. It does this throughout the world by supporting the establishment and organizational development of public health associations and societies of public health, through facilitating and supporting the exchange of information, knowledge and the transfer of skills and resources, and through promoting and undertaking advocacy for public policies, programs and practices that will result in a healthy and productive world. Visit website


United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. It helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and build resilience in order to sustain development results. 

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas: Sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. In all their activities, they encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities, and the poorest and most vulnerable. Visit website


World Health Organization (WHO)’s goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff works side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. Together, they strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and non-communicable ones like cancer and heart disease. It helps mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. It ensures the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need. Visit website


Global Climate and Health Alliance Global Climate and Health Alliance was formed in Durban in 2011 to tackle climate change and to protect and promote public health. The Alliance is made up of health and development organizations from around the world united by a shared vision of an equitable, sustainable future. Its vision is a world in which the health impacts of climate change are kept to a minimum, and the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation are maximized. Visit website