HCWH Global Newsletter | October 2014
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HCWH Up Front on Climate and Health

During the last week of September, some 400,000 marchers, 125 heads of state, and thousands of civil society organizations including HCWH descended upon New York in the name of climate action. During the People’s Climate March, the UN Climate Summit, and other events, the health impacts of climate change and the health co-benefits of low-carbon initiatives were the subject of more -- and more fervent -- dialogue than ever before. HCWH was there throughout!  Learn more

South Africa | "Coal is a Killer", groundWork's Coal Campaign

HCWH Strategic Partner in South Africa, groundWork, has produced a terrific report and video on how coal-fired power stations creates and exacerbates health risks – especially among children and the poor – through its assault on air quality. Drawing on peer-reviewed literature, government statistics, and other reports, groundWork’s report highlights coal’s health burden in the Mpumalanga Highveld, one of the worst air quality areas in the world.  

A just transition from coal to renewable energy sources needs to take place in South Africa, where people are enabled to have control to accessible and affordable energy.

Hospital Provides Waste Management Training to Bhutanese Engineers

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) member, the Bhutan’s Ministry of Health, sent two of its engineers to undergo training on healthcare waste management at the Philippines’ Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) in Cagayan De Oro City. The comprehensive training program included Materials Recovery Facility Set-up; Management for Solid, Liquid, Oncology Wastes; Monitoring and Documentation. Engineers Man Badhur Darjee and Dhan Raj Limbu also attended a hands-on demonstrations of MRXHU’s autoclave, which is used for wastewater treatment and processing infectious wastes. More

New Fact Sheet on Nanomedicine

HCWH Europe released a fact sheet called The era of nanomedicine which explores how the application of nanotechnology within healthcare research can lead to uncertainties in public health. Although nanomedicine can bring benefits to patients and the healthcare sector, nanomaterials used in this sector are essentially new and largely untested chemicals, little is known about their persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity to the human body and the environment. More


Argentina | Conference on Energy Efficiency and Clean, Renewable Energy Generation in Health Care Settings

HCWH, the Environmental Protection Agency (APrA) and the Department of Health of the Buenos Aires City Government organized a conference on "Energy Efficiency and Clean, Renewable Energy Generation in Health Care Settings". Scott Slotterback, GGHH Policy Director presented on this issue as part of the main event. More (in Spanish)

White Paper on Environmental Nutrition

HCWH U.S. Healthy Food in Health Care program released its newest white paper: Environmental Nutrition: Redefining Healthy Food in the Health Care Sector.
The white paper presents scientific data supporting this environmental nutrition approach, which expands the definition of healthy food beyond measurable food components such as calories, vitamins, and fats, to include the public health impacts of social, economic, and environmental factors related to the entire food system. More

Australia | Statement on the Health Effects of Coal

HCWH's strategic partner in Australia, the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), recently released a Joint Statement on the Health Effect of Coal in Australia with the Climate Council of Australia.
This statement comes in response to a government inquiry report on a coal mine fire that occurred in the state of Victoria. It is also accompanied by a Briefing Paper on Health Effects of Coal in Australia, which outlines findings from scientific and medical literature on the impacts on health from the production of coal.  More


Global Inventory of Healthcare Waste Management Technology Suppliers

Safe and sustainable healthcare waste management is vital part of protecting human health and the environment, and there are numerous technologies for different situations, from small healthcare facilities to large centralized treatment plants.
To aid in the procurement of appropriate technologies, This updated inventory of non-incineration healthcare waste treatment technologies provides listings of suppliers from twenty nine countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe. More
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