Plastics is a global health crisis hiding in plain sight. Throughout the lifecycle of plastic, from production to disposal, a wide array of toxic chemicals and microplastics pose risks through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact. Communities, health workers, and health systems are already witnessing the detrimental impacts of plastic production and pollution.

April 05, 2024
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Health professionals possess a diverse and expansive role, with the power to influence policy, challenge social norms, and drive transformative change. Drawing from a rich history of advocacy, they are uniquely positioned to address pressing issues through the lens of public health and disseminate critical information to the broader public.

February 14, 2024
In the news

In an opinion analysis published today at Think Global Health, a publication from the Council on Foreign Relations, Diana Picon Manyari, Health Care Without Harm’s International Climate Director, examines different actions taking place at a global level to contribute to the decarbonization of the health care sector.

February 12, 2024

During COP28, over 40 key thinkers and leaders from international organizations, government agencies, health systems, and civil society participated in a roundtable session to discuss how to accelerate health care climate action. The discussion focused on the pivotal current moment and future prospects for health care decarbonization and resilience, including the role of prevention as a mitigation strategy, acknowledging and addressing North-South complexity, and building an evidence base, tools, and technical capacity.

February 08, 2024
In the news

Despite facing unprecedented global challenges, including record-high temperatures and widespread natural disasters, COP28 showcased significant progress in health-focused climate action. However, it's evident that the commitments and actions from COP28 fall short of adequately addressing the scale of the climate crisis.

February 06, 2024

Each year, we celebrate institutions at the forefront of health care climate action with our Health Care Climate Challenge awards. These hospitals and health systems are pioneering innovative and effective solutions to mitigate health care’s climate footprint and enhance their resilience. They are beacons around the world guiding the health care sector on its climate-smart journey.  

November 28, 2023

Health Care Without Harm global network at COP28

The Health Care Without Harm's delegation at COP28 is its largest and most diverse ever, with 12 members from Australia, Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa, South East Asia, the UK, and the United States.

November 24, 2023