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News Archives

Browse the archives below to learn more about this project and the issues it addresses through recent news coverage at the global, national, and local levels. These archives are organized in reverse chronological order, with the most recent news at the top.  

India: ‘Health Without Harm’: Reducing Risk from Healthcare Waste Management in India
by UNDP.org
March 12th, 2013
The Global Healthcare Waste Management project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and funded by the Global Environment Facility, is helping promote best practices in healthcare waste management and mercury waste management in the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow, India. The hospital has been able to reduce the amount of infectious waste generated by 80 percent due to proper segregation, transportation and treatment of waste practices.
India: KGMU to be awarded for developing model bio-medical waste management practices
The Indian Express
March 5th, 2013
King George Medical University's bio-medical waste management system has received 'Special Recognition Award' from United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) and World Health Organisation (WHO), for developing model bio-medical waste management practices.
UNDP GEF Project to be presented at a side event during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland
The event, Healthier hospitals for healthier people: Greening the health sector, managing waste and mercury, will be held on Friday, 25 May 2012 from 12:45-14:15 at the Palais des Nations, Salle IV (Room 4). The side event will focus on greening the health sector, the progress in negotiations on the Mercury Treaty and the elimination of mercury-containing medical devices, as well as international initiatives on healthcare waste management.
In Memoriam, Yves Chartier
by UN/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project
January 13th, 2012
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the tragic and untimely death of our dear friend and colleague Yves Chartier, the WHO representative in the Global Project Team of the UNDP GEF Project.
Lebanon: UNDP/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project Newsletter- Issue 3
by UN/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project- Lebanon Project Team
October 5th, 2011
The UNDP/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project in Lebanon has released a series of newletters that update readers about healthcare waste management issues and solutions as well as project activities, objectives, and information. This third issue of the newsletter focuses on mercury in healthcare and addresses (1) Health impacts of mercury exposure; (2) Environmental costs of mercury pollution; (3) Mercury-containing devices; (4) Mercury Waste Management for Dental; (5) Alternatives to mercury-containing; (6) Case Study: Lebanon; (7) Managing small mercury spills; (7) Temporary on-site storage of mercury; and (8) Mercury waste transport.
Lebanon: UNDP/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project Newsletter- Issue 2
by UN/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project- Lebanon Project Team
October 5th, 2011
The UNDP/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project in Lebanon has released a series of newletters that update readers about healthcare waste management issues and solutions as well as project activities, objectives, and information. This second issue of the newsletter addresses (1) Selection of two model hospitals to demonstrate best practices in healthcare waste management in Lebanon; (2) Baseline Assessment at the two model hospitals; and (3) Rapid Assessment of healthcare waste management in a number of hospitals in Lebanon.
Lebanon: UNDP/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project Project Newsletter- Issue 1
by UN/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project- Lebanon Project Team
October 5th, 2011
The UNDP/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project in Lebanon has released a series of newletters that update readers about healthcare waste management issues and solutions as well as project activities, objectives, and information. This first issue of the newsletter addresses (1) Healthcare in Lebanon; (2) Types of Healthcare Waste According to Decree 13389/2004; (3) Enviornmental Impacts of Improper Healthcare Waste Management; (4) Healthcare Waste Management in Lebanon; and (5) Legal Framework for Healthcare Waste Management in Lebanon.
United Nations Human Rights Report: Medical Waste is Bad for Your Health and for Your Rights, Warns UN Expert
by UN Human Rights Council
September 14th, 2011
A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic waste, Calin Georgescu, said the international community has to date paid little attention to the growing problem of medical waste around the world, despite the threat it poses to millions of people and the environment. The report focuses on “the adverse effects that the unsound management and disposal of medical waste may have on the enjoyment of human rights.” In his prepared statement to the Human Rights Council, Mr. Georgescu called for “The replacement of incineration as a disposal method of hazardous medical waste with more environmentally-friendly and safe methods of disposal, such as autoclaving.”
India: Project to phase out mercury use in private healthcare organizations
by The Hindu
July 13th, 2011
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has launched a project to phase out use of mercury in private healthcare organizations. The project is based on a study done by the United Nations Development Program on disposal of biomedical waste in developing countries.
Declaration for Mercury Free Health Care- Manila 2011
HCWH/ WHO/ UNDP GEF Healthcare Waste Project
March 17th, 2011
On March 15, in Manila, Philippines, this declaration for mercury free health care was drafted at the Asia Regional Conference on Mercury Free Health Care. The regional event was co-organized by Health Care Without Harm, the World Health Organization and the UNDP GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project to support the development of mercury-free health care in Asia.
Asia Regional Conference on Mercury-Free Health Care
Health Care Without Harm News
March 15th, 2011
Officials from Ministries of Health and Environment, hospital managers and representatives of national health care professional associations from ten Asian countries are gathering this week in Manila to discuss substituting mercury-based medical devices with safe, accurate, affordable alternatives throughout the region. The Asia Regional Conference on Mercury-Free Health Care, is organized by Health Care Without Harm, the World Health Organization, and the UNDP-GEF Global Health Care Waste project.
India: Call to phase out mercury from health sector
The Times of India
November 22nd, 2010
In a one-day workshop conducted by Osai, a Tamil Nadu based environmental organization, along with Indian Medical Association(IMA), Toxic Link and Tekno Therm Industries, health activists called for phasing out mercury from the healthcare sector.
Philippines: 727 hospitals phase out mercury-containing devices
November 10th, 2010
More than 700 hospitals all over the country have so far conformed with a Department of Health (DoH) order for the gradual phaseout of all medical devices containing mercury.
Salud Sin Daño (HCWH América Latina) lanza una campaña para la reducción progresiva de los termómetros de mercurio
by Salud Sin Daño (HCWH Latin America)http://termometrosinmercurio.org/
September 22nd, 2010
Salud Sin Daño (HCWH América Latina) lanzó una campaña nacional por internet para reducir progresivamente los termómetros de mercurio y, en ultima instancia, prohibirlos.
India: Hospital dumps dead embryo among other medical waste on roadside
June 29th, 2010
Medical waste was spotted lying in a roadside dump in Patparganj. When the locals were queried about the origins of the waste that included a foetus, syringes, gloves, blood-stained cotton and bandages, they pointed to a nearby maternity centre.
World Health Assembly Resolution on Medical Waste
by World Health Assembly
June 9th, 2010
At its May 2010 meeting, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on hazardous waste, including health care waste management. The resolution highlights the need for environmentally sound waste management.
Información actualizada sobre el projecto Español- Febrero 2010
by UN/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project
March 1st, 2010
El Proyecto Internacional PNUD FMAM sobre Desechos Generados por la Atención de la Salud se complace en compartir información actualizada sobre el proyecto (en Inglés, Francés y Español). El informe destaca los avances y los logros del proyecto.
Mise à jour du projet finale Français- Fevrier 2010
by PNUD/ GEF : Projet international de gestion des déchets de soins médicaux
March 1st, 2010
Le Projet Global des Déchets Biomédicaux du PNUD vous présente avec enthusiasme le premier rapport sur le progrès du Projet (en anglais, français et espagnol). Depuis son début en Août 2008, le Projet a accompli plusieures activités nationales et globales. Le rapport met en évidence le progrès et les accomplissements du Projet.
Project Update Report- February 2010
by UN/GEF Global Healthcare Waste Project
March 1st, 2010
The UNDP GEF Project on Healthcare Waste Management is excited to share its first Project Update report (in English, French, and Spanish). Since its beginning in August 2008, the project has accomplished multiple national and global activities. The report highlights the project's progress and achievements.
Argentina & Philippines: Major Strides For Mercury-Free Health Care: Argentina bans mercury blood pressure devices & the Philippines to ban import of mercury-based medical devices
Health Care Without Harm News
February 25th, 2010
Argentina and the Philippines, the two countries leading the developing world in substituting mercury-based medical devices with safe, accurate and affordable alternatives, took significant steps to implement and strengthen their national mercury-free health care policies.
Philippines: Department of Health calls for ban on mercury
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 22nd, 2010
Citing global moves to ban mercury, the Department of Health said it would call for a ban on the importation of health products containing the highly-toxic substance.
Argentina: Prohibición de esfigmomanómetros con mercurio en Argentina
Salud Sin Dano
February 18th, 2010
Argentina — A través de una resolución el Ministerio de Salud de la Nación prohibió la producción, importación, comercialización o cesión gratuita de esfigmomanómetros de columna de mercurio para la evaluación de la tensión arterial destinados al público en general, a la atención médica y veterinaria.
India: Lucknow Municipal Corporation dumps medical waste in the open
Indian Express
February 1st, 2010
In what appears to be a clear violation of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) has been dumping bio-medical waste like needles, syringes and empty bottles in an open ground near Dadauli village on the city’s outskirts.
Lebanon: Lebanese city's mountain of rubbish
December 25th, 2009
The Sidon rubbish dump has been growing for almost 30 years. It has served as the main disposal site for the city and environmentalists say that the dump is a health hazard. Industrial, some chemical and even medical waste is dumped at the site along with household rubbish.
India: Infectious waste still disposed of in the open
November 28th, 2009
Despite strict directions of the Orissa High Court for proper implementation of the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 1998, little has changed in the scene at the medical colleges and hospitals of the State. Infectious waste, body parts and sharp discards continue to be mixed with general waste and disposed of in the open even as biomedical waste units have been established and measures taken for segregation at the points of origin.
India: Twenty Doctors In Trouble: Served notices by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board
November 25th, 2009
The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has served notices to heads of 20 hospitals in Ahmedabad for improper handling of plastic and biomedical waste disposal. With this, the GPCB has set the ball rolling for safe and timely disposal of the waste from hospitals in the city, a procedure that has been lying in limbo for quite some time now.
India: Health centres have to manage waste effectively
October 26th, 2009
Efficient management of bio-medical waste by hospitals and health care institutions remains a matter of grave concern in India, experts said at a two-day national seminar on hospital waste management organised by the Trivandrum Management Association.
Global: Developing countries swamped in healthcare rubbish
Emerging Health Threats Forum
October 16th, 2009
Half the world's population could be at risk from exposure to mounting volumes of improperly disposed medical waste, according to a review published this month in Tropical Medicine and International Health. This article discusses the effects of poor waste management practices in low- and middle-income countries.
Philippines: Pasig City- Thinking and Living Green
Health Care Without Harm News
September 23rd, 2009
In celebration of the first year anniversary of mercury phase-out in all Philippine hospitals, Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia's fourth leg of blood pressure and temperature screening activity using mercury-free devices draws a big crowd in Pasig City. "We go around the different cities in the country to showcase that mercury-free alternatives in health care are available," said Faye Ferrer, HCWH-SEA Program Officer for Mercury
Philippines: Philippine General Hospital to Go Mercury-Free
by Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA)
April 2nd, 2009
Philippine General Hospital, the premier tertiary hospital in the Philippines, announced that the hospital has "completely banned purchase of mercury devices." The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, the country's government health insurance provider, will also no longer accredit hospitals that continue to use mercury devices.
Philippines: Hospitals, Medical Universities Gear Up Towards Environmental Health Care
by Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA)
March 19th, 2009
Following clamor for environmentally responsible health care, 15 hospitals, four medical universities, a local environment and natural resources office and a national medical association all pledged to support environmental health campaigns in hospitals and health care system in the country.
Argentina: Prohíben el uso de termómetros con mercurio
Crítica de la Argentina
February 24th, 2009
Los hospitales y centros de salud públicos de todo el país dejarán de utilizar termómetros y tensiómetros que contengan mercurio, según una disposición del Ministerio de Salud de la Nación que retoma una directiva de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS).
Global: Environment ministers OK mercury treaty talks
International Herald Tribune
February 20th, 2009
More than 140 countries agreed to begin talks on a legally binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide. Formal negotiations on a treaty on mercury are set to begin in 2010 and to conclude in 2013.
Philippines: DOH-7 to conduct training on waste management
Philippines Information Agency's Daily News Reader
February 11th, 2009
To promote public health and welfare for the environment, the Department of Health in region 7 (DOH-7) in coordination with the DENR-7-Environment Management Bureau will conduct a training on Health Care Waste Management to the public and private hospitals.
Philippines: Advocates raise alarm on atmospheric mercury emissions
February 5th, 2009
Environment and health advocates sounded the alarm on the dangers of mercury to coincide with the international release of a study that shows the harmful effects of burning mercury-added products on February 5. The new study reveals that 200 tons of mercury is released yearly from burning products.
Uruguay: Fin de termómetros en base a mercurio
El Pais
January 30th, 2009
El Ministerio de Salud Pública decidió erradicar el uso de los termómetros de mercurio debido a sus efectos nocivos en las personas y sustituirlos por digitales.
Global: WHO-HCWH Mercury Elimination Partnership Launched
by Health Care Without Harm
January 1st, 2009
Health Care Without Harm and the World Health Organization have launched a global partnership to achieve virtual elimination of mercury-based thermometers and sphgmomanometers over the next decade and their substitution with accurate, economically viable alternatives.
Philippines: Ospital Ng Maynila to be Showcase Hospital in Southeast Asia
by Health Care Without Harm-Southeast Asia (HCWH-SEA)
November 12th, 2008
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Southeast Asia sees Ospital ng Maynila in the Philippines to be one of the model hospitals in Southeast Asia in terms of proper health care waste management, employing appropriate non-incineration treatment technologies and joining other hospitals around the world in using mercury-free devices.
India: Implementation of bio-medical waste management rules
Press Information Bureau, Government of India
November 2nd, 2008
The Government of India have delegated necessary powers to all the State Pollution Control Boards and Pollution Control Committees in the Union Territories to issue directions to any industry or any other authority for violation of standards and Rules, inter-alia, relating to Bio-medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998.
Tanzania: Pilot Project Launched on Non-Incineration Medical Waste Treatment
by Health Care Without Harm
October 17th, 2008
Health Care Without Harm announces the launch of a joint project to replace Bagamoyo District Hospital's reliance on an ailing incinerator with a safer, non-burn waste treatment system.