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Argentina| GGHH Member Spotlight: Hospital Roque Sáenz Peña
Hospital Roque Sáenz Peña, a founding member of GGHH, is a public, high complexity teaching hospital located in the third most populous city in Argentina, Rosario. A new video about the hospital discusses their successes in health care waste management. Back in 2000, the hospital generated 44,000kg of infectious/hazardous waste. One year later, after creating a health care waste committee and a waste management program to address this issue, the hospital was able to reduce their infectious/hazardous waste by over 40%.
Spain | GGHH Member Spotlight: Hospital de Guadarrama
On the 4th and 5th of May 2017, the HCWH Europe Annual General Meeting (AGM) and GGHH Europe Members Meeting took place at Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln in Berlin. Representatives from Hospital de Guadarrama, a 140 bed hospital located in Madrid, Spain that has been a GGHH member since 2014, attended the meeting and shared their strategies and projects to reduce the environmental footprint of their facility.
Australia | Video Showcases Work on Sustainability at Mater
To coincide with World Environment day, GGHH member in Australia, Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane Limited launched a 3 minute Sustainability at Mater photo montage video that showcases some of the people who have been engaged with their sustainability program. Watch video
Source: Mater Misericordiae Limited
South Korea | Green Hospitals Society Launched
Representatives of ten hospitals came together with a group of issue experts in June to launch a national initiative to reduce the environmental footprint of health care in South Korea. The Korea Green Hospitals Society will serve as the national representative for Global Green and Healthy Hospitals. “Our health care system should be the role model and lead in areas such as energy, chemicals and green building,” said Dr. Dong Chun Shin, administrative director of Yonsei University Health System. Watch video
India | Petition to Clean Up the Mercury Poisoning in Kodaikanal
Watch the video that takes an undisguised jab at Unilever for its failure to clean up mercury contamination or compensate workers affected by its thermometer factory in Kodaikanal. Watch the video
Mercury vapors are toxic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. Nevertheless, they do create a shadow when exposed to a short wave ultraviolet light in a fluorescent background. Watch video
Source: Bowling Green State University
Training Video on Mercury Waste in Hospitals
This video is meant to be part of a training program for hospitals around the world aiming to eliminate mercury and safely manage and store mercury waste while governments search for a more permanent solution. The video is based on the UNDP-GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project mercury waste management guidelines and was produced with support from UNEP and the government of Norway. Watch video
Source: Health Care Without Harm
India | Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust Goes Mercury Free
In May 2010, India's Central Government issued guidelines to phase-out mercury containing equipment from all Government-run Hospitals. This video documents the effort of Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, a 750 beds, multi-specialty hospital in India. Watch video
Source: Toxics Link
Training Video on Mercury Waste in Hospital Dealing With Mercury Spills
Though mercury is one of the world's leading health and environmental hazard, yet it continues to be used in a host of applications related to healthcare. This animation broadly illustrates how to manage mercury spill by using a spill management kit. Watch video
Source: Toxics Link
Climate-Smart Healthcare Report Release and Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector Seminar
Beijing, China-February 6, 2018- The Chinese version of the World Bank Group’s 2017 report Climate-Smart Healthcare: Low Carbon and Resilience Strategies for the Health Sector, jointly produced with Health Care Without Harm, was launched on February 6, 2018 in a seminar hosted by the China Academy of Building Research and partners.
The report proposes a new concept of "climate-smart" health care, introducing strategies that tackle the effects of climate change on the health care sector and reduce its own carbon footprint.
Health Care Worldwide Calls for Action on Climate Change
Bonn, Germany (November 2017)—With global climate negotiations beginning their second week at COP23, leading hospitals and health systems around the world issued a Call to Action for the health sector to play a leadership role in tackling climate change.
Health Care Without Harm delivered the Call to Action to the World Health Organization's Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a high-level event on climate and health at COP23. "The health impacts of climate change and the health benefits of climate action are becoming increasingly clear,” said Director General Tedros. "Health care, with its hospitals on the front lines, must be part of the solution." Organized by Health Care Without Harm and its Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network, 129 institutions in 31 countries, representing the interests of 10,043 hospitals and health centers have joined the Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change.
Unmask My City - Showreel
From sustainable urban transport and active travel initiatives to renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels, Unamsk My City calls for policies and programs to meet the World Health Organisation’s air quality guidelines.
Unmask My City: Health Organization Leaders Launch Global Campaign on Air Pollution
Launching May 22, 2017 on World Asthma Day, Unmask My City, a global initiative in 10 cities on five continents, aims to promote practical solutions and create tangible policy changes that drive a clear, downward global trend in urban air pollution by 2030. Learn more
In São Paulo, air pollution, caused mainly by the burning of fuel from transportation, is responsible for about 4,000 deaths a year in the city. Even so, the WHO (World Health Organization) air quality standards have not been adopted by local authorities. The campaign “Unmask My City” in São Paulo mobilizes health professionals for the best air quality, aiming for significant health improvement, and the reduction of carbon emissions which drive climate change.
In Chennai, India, pollution and face masks have become normalised. People have become so used to living in a degraded environment, the health impacts that stem from this, and the disregard of the agencies charged to protect them that it is hard for an everyday person to believe that a better, cleaner, healthier future is possible. Two low-income areas, Ennore and Manali in north Chennai, house the the two main industrial clusters in the city, which are polluting the air, contributing to climate change, and exposing the these communities to a host of toxic chemicals. Decision makers and public agencies have a responsibility to protect these communities, clean up the air, and unmask our city.
COP 22 | Conference on Climate and Health
November 14, 2016 - Health Care Without Harm and Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) member, the Mohammed VI University Hospital hosted the Climate and Health Care Conference in parallel to COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. The event, the first of its kind to be held in the country, brought together health sector leaders from around Morocco, Europe, and beyond to share strategies for the health sector to mitigate its own climate impacts, develop low carbon models of care, and use their voice, both individually and collectively, to advocate for policies to address climate change and public health. Watch videos
Negotiating for Health at COP20 in Lima
These videos are round-up of initial reports and reflections on health from the COP proceedings and side events in Lima. Watch videos
Source: Global Climate and Health Alliance.
Health Sector Steps Up for Climate in New York
On September 2014, New York City became a hotbed of activity on climate change, with the confluence of the UN Climate Summit convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Climate Week NYC and the People’s Climate March. HCWH and its partners participated in many activities. Source: Health Care Without Harm. Watch videos
HCWH present at the UN Climate Summit
More than 120 heads of state participated in the UN Climate Summit, during which many highlighted their domestic environmental reforms as well as showcase their plans for future emission reducing policies. Watch videos
Clear the Air: How Eskom's coal kills
Whilst most people benefit from Eskom's electricity in South Africa, this video shows how it's the health and lives of the people in the Highveld that are disproportionately suffering from the health impacts due to pollution from South Africa's energy supplier. Watch video
South Africa | The Bliss of Ignorance
Through first-hand testimony The Bliss of Ignorance investigates South Africa's complex relationship with one of the country's most abundant resources: coal. Watch the video
Health Professionals Call for Climate Action in Response to UN Report
The Global Climate and Health Alliance (HCWH is a founding member) has released a video to explain the health implications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group II report. The Alliance argues that there is still time to turn what has been called “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century” into one of our biggest opportunities to improve health. Watch video
UK | England’s Health Sector Statement on Climate
Leaders from major organizations in England’s health sector have joined together to issue a landmark commitment to tackle climate change, including reduction of carbon emissions across the system by at least 34% by 2020 (on a 1990 baseline). Watch video
Source: NHS Sustainable Development Unit
Tackling Climate Change: The Good News
There are many actions that can be done to reduce the negative effects of climate change and its health impact, for example switching into renewable energy and making changes in transportation. This video by Welcome Trust explains what can be done to tackle climate change and make improves in humans health. Watch video
Source: Wellcome Trust
Africa | Autoclaves Deployed to Help Anti-Ebola Campaign
As efforts to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa continue, a new design of autoclave is being deployed to help make the treatment of infectious waste safe environmentally sustainable. Watch video
Nepal | Health Care Waste Management at Bir Hospital
Since 2010, Health Care Foundation Nepal (HECAF) and Health Care Without Harm, supported by the World Health Organization, have been working with the leadership and staff of Bir Hospital to transform their healthcare waste management. Watch video
Source: Health Care Foundation Nepal
Africa | Digital Dump
This film continues to expose the harmful, escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded electronics that was uncovered in "Exporting Harm," by following a trail of hazardous e-waste to Lagos, Nigeria. Watch video
Latin America | Join Us! The Time to Act is Now
Check out the new video from Health Care Without Harm – Latin America (Salud Sin Daño) to learn about their work and plans for the future. Join us! The Time to Act is Now.
Strength From Disaster on the Anniversary of Nepal Earthquake
On April 25th, 2015 the devastating Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal killed more that 8,000 people, injured 22,000 and damaged or destroyed some thousand hospitals or healthcare centres. In response to the humanitarian emergency, Health Care Without Harm raised funds to support the efforts of our Nepali strategic partner, Health Care Foundation Nepal. Watch video
Source: Health Care Without Harm
Report | Mercury Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC5)
Two major NGO networks lobbying for a strong global mercury treaty expressed serious concern about the direction of negotiations after the fourth of five rounds of talks concluded in Uruguay this week. Watch video
Source: Health Care Without Harm
HCWH message World Environment Day
Source: Health Care Without Harm
HCWH's 20th anniversary
HCWH's staff, health care and government workers congratulated Health Care Without Harm on its 20th anniversary. Watch the videos!