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On May 26, Health Care Without Harm, in collaboration with the UN’s Climate Champions, will launch the Race to Zero campaign for health care, showcasing institutions from six continents that have joined the Race to Zero.
These hospitals and health systems, which collectively represent the interests of over 3,000 healthcare facilities, have committed to decarbonizing and achieving net zero by 2050. In doing so, they are stepping up as global leaders in the transformation to climate-smart health care.
Backed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Race to Zero is the largest global coalition of credible net zero commitments, rallying leadership and support from actors across sectors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery for people and the planet. The campaign unites and mobilizes these stakeholders to meet the Paris Agreement goals and sends a resounding message to national governments that non-state actors are committed to shifting to a decarbonized economy.
We’ll hear from featured speakers including UN Climate Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz; Sonia Roschnik, Health Care Without Harm’s international climate policy director; representatives from the World Health Organization, and Race to Zero health care signatories spanning six continents.
Join us for this exciting event where speakers will address the importance of health care climate leadership, how the road to recovery starts with transformative climate solutions, and celebrate health care institutions around the world leading the Race to zero emissions health care.
When: May 26, 11:00 am EDT | 12:00 pm ART | 5:00 pm CEST | 5:00 pm SAST
Duration: 1 hour
May 6, 2021
Our guides will help health systems, hospitals, and other health care providers set up successful immunization programs that protect the health of people and our planet.
The world is undertaking the largest immunization campaign in history to fight COVID-19. Billions will be vaccinated in the coming years, which is generating an unprecedented amount of waste. If we plan ahead, we can minimize the impact and waste while ensuring safe practices for universal immunization.
The task ahead of us is huge. Innovative practices can reduce overall waste and provide a framework for safely processing hazardous materials. Medical waste must not be incinerated or dumped in landfills, it needs to be treated to reduce its impact on the environment and human health.
Health Care Without Harm is offering three guides to set up successful immunization programs that protect the health of people and our planet.
Research from leading experts on immunization best practices demonstrates that protecting health does not mean using more PPE, rather it means using it judiciously. Our guidance describes which type of products should be used for different scenarios and how to reduce overall waste.
Gloves are the highest-volume disposable product purchased by health care. Glove use has increased dramatically and is expected to nearly double in the next five years. As health care facilities rethink their purchasing and supply chains in the wake of COVID-19, this guidance can serve as a road map for choosing sustainable options.
This unprecedented immunization campaign comes at a time when only 39% of countries have national programs on infection prevention and control, water sanitation, and health care waste management. The huge need for masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment, millions of COVID-19 tests, and lifesaving hospital treatment for victims of the disease has, in many cases, led to an increase in health care waste. This guidance provides recommendations on how to better manage and safely dispose of waste associated with immunization.
This guidance is for health professionals who are using PPE as they administer vaccinations. It will help vaccine administers ensure infection prevention while reducing unnecessary product use and waste. (Coming soon)
May 6, 2021