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  • Environmental Health News: $2.1 mil for medical waste treatment in Dong Thap

    17 May 2012, Talk VietnamExcerpt from the article:Dong Thap, Vietnam — The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta…

  • PARTNERS

    Partnerships around the worldHealth Care Without Harm continues to form alliances with governments, NGOs, and mainstream health care institutions the world over. In Asia, the first Partnership Meeting was held for constituents in the region. This first gathering was held in the Philippines and was attended by partner institutions including:Notre Dame de Chartres HospitalSaint Louis Hospital of the Sacred HeartPines City Doctors HospitalBaguio General Hospital and Fort Del Pilar Station Hospital at Philippine Military Academy all in Baguio CityGeneral Santos Doctors Hospital in General Santos CitySt. Paul Hospitals in Tuguegarao City and CaviteNorthern Samar Provincial HospitalPhilippine Heart CenterPhilippine Children's Medical CenterSan Lazaro HospitalLung Center of the PhilippinesOspital ng MaynilaManila Adventist Medical Center and School of Medical ArtsNorthern Samar Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources OfficeThe Philippine Nurses AssociationOver the years, we have also...
  • Environmental Health News: Medical waste plan proposed

    30 May 2012, Viet Nam NewsExcerpt from the article:HCM CITY — The Health Ministry has devised a plan…

  • US Climate & Health Champion Visits PH Climate Warrior

    Health Care Without Harm President and Founder Gary Cohen today meets with Senator Loren Legarda…

  • PH Doctors Pledge to Fight Climate Change

    Mainstreaming climate change in public healthIn a Medical Ecology Forum held today, professional…

  • Climate Change and Public Health: The New Prescription

    In a gathering of health care workers and systems, medical organizations, and environmental health…

  • ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS: Greening our hospitals

    From Chasing Happy, by Adelle Chua. Published by the Manila Standard Today, October 19, 2013:In the…

  • ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NEWS: PH hospitals urged to go green

    From Rappler.com, published October 17, 2013:Read the complete article here.

  • TIMELINE

    2003 - 2013: A timeline of efforts and milestones2004 Together with the Philippine Department of Health and the World Health Organization, HCWH-Asia documented the Philippine Measles Eradication Campaign (PMEC).  The report established the Philippines as the first country to deal with waste from a nationwide vaccination program without resorting to incineration or open burning. 2006 HCWH-Asia organized the 1st Southeast Asian Conference for Mercury-Free Health Care.           2007 HCWH-Asia started working with Social Watch Philippine's Alternative Budget Initiative for Health and the Stop Toxic Debt! Coalition.        2008 HCWH-Asia issued the Guide to alternatives for health care personnel.AugustThe Philippine Department of Health signed Administrative Order 21 mandating the...
  • Medical Waste: Know the Issue

    It’s a strange twist that efforts to heal the sick and make people healthier can create waste products that harm others. Hospitals generate medical waste that, if not processed properly, can harm those exposed to it. One of the most dangerous types of medical waster are “sharps.” These include used syringes and scalpels. As the name implies, sharps can cut or puncture the person handling them. The numbers are alarming: the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 40% of hepatitis cases and 12% of HIV cases worldwide are caused by occupational exposure.Hospitals also produce small amounts of chemical, pharmaceutical, and radioactive waste which requiring special handling. Add to this pile the large amounts of ordinary garbage such as food wrappers and utensils, which can make up 80% of the waste stream. A larger hospital can produce up to a ton of waster everyday.Know where that waste...
  • Medical Waste

    Medical Waste In a nutshell, HCWH-Asia’s efforts to reduce harmful medical waste falls into three categories: Minimizing and studying waste, promoting alternative waste disposal methods, and giving credit to model hospitals.  Less waste, more gains: Waste minimization We try to empower hospitals to reduce the amount, toxicity and impact of waste they produce. Our efforts include promoting garbage segregation and teaching how to choose low-waste, low-toxicity products.  In 2005, HCWH-Asia conducted a Health Care Waste Assessment Project (HWAP) in four tertiary hospitals in Metro Manila. In 2006, the project was repeated in one provincial and eight district hospitals in the Northern Samar province.  2008 brought in more successes. We partnered with the local government of Baguio City and seven tertiary hospitals to conduct another model of the Health Care Waste Assessment Project. The objectives of the project include documenting the good practices of the...
  • Mercury Phase-Out

    Know the IssueGlobal Mercury Campaign / Model PoliciesMercury-Free AlternativesSuccess Stories - Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand Tools & Resources Know the Issue Mercury pollution is a severe global environmental and human health problem. The spread – and use – of mercury undermines efforts to improve health conditions in communities.Many instruments used in hospitals, healthcare facilities and laboratories contain mercury. The substance is commonly found in thermometers, and blood pressure measuring device. Tools used in construction and the households such as thermostats, pressure gauges, and switches may also contain mercury. Mercury may be released from these and other similar products, as no device is 100% failure-proof.  Substances such as fixatives, preservatives, lab chemicals, cleaners, and other products may have mercury added deliberately. When discarded inappropriately, mercury always contaminates the environment.Know the hazardsToxins with an especially heavy impact on the healthcare sector may be...