Facilitated by Health Care Without Harm’s Strategic Partner in South Africa, groundWork, climate change, energy choices, and air pollution were prominently featured at the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference held in Durban on October 7-9, 2015.
The health care sector can work to reduce the harmful impacts of transport to and from its facilities by locating near public transportation lines, launching telemedicine initiatives, and developing energy-efficient fleets of vehicles.
Transportation is a major source of air pollution throughout the world, particularly in urban areas. Exposure to air pollutants can cause respiratory illnesses and increases in emergency room visits. Rising ground level ozone levels are also linked to higher temperatures in urban areas.