Mónica Castaño Tovar

Environmental Management and Sanitation Coordinator

Annie Nachula & Patricia Musonda

The only two female autoclave operators at Zambia’s Kapiri District Hospital

Valdirene Araújo

An ambassador for change, advocated to replace toxic disinfectants products

The Green Hospital team

Sr Arcelita Sarñillo

A hospital administrator, coordinates sustainability efforts at St. Paul’s Hospital in Iloilo in the Philippines

Taras Ostapchuk

Isaiah Nkhata

Azeeza Rangunwala

Assistant Director of Research and Policy Development, Gauteng Provincial Health.

Michael Vonk

Chief Executive Officer, George Hospital. South Africa.

Sorina Vesiolii

A health expert at NGO “Positive Initiative”

Dr. Hussein Lujuo Mohammed

Lecturer at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania

A.P. Dr. Vu Xuan Phu

Deputy Director-General of the National Lung and Pulmonology Hospital

Vincy Tribhuvan

Chief Nursing Officer, Jupiter Hospital Mumbai

Pankaj Bector

Procurement Officer, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)

The girl who took notice, the woman who took action in Colombia

Mónica Lisett Castaño Tovar was still a child when she observed how a bauxite mining operation polluted the Jamundi river in Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Awareness about the environmental damage caused by the mine left a deep impression on her.

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Zambian women autoclave operators challenge gender stereotypes

Annie and her colleague Patricia are not doctors, nurses or specialised medical staff. They are just two ordinary Zambian women who, without fanfare, are uniquely helping to reduce medical waste in their communities by doing the work traditionally reserved for men.

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A Brazilian ambassador for change for a toxin-free future

With over 20 years of experience in the health sector and having lived in the Amazon region for many years, Valdirene Araújo searches for products less toxic to people and safer for the environment.

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Indonesian Mental Health Hospital feeds the body and soul

The strict COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns resulted in decreased food supplies for health care workers, the nearby communities, and local farmers. Mental health Hospital changed this through a small-scale organic vegetable farm.

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Fighting COVID-19 in the Philippines by prioritizing both people and the environment

The large amounts of Personal Protective Equipment waste became one of the most defining and distressing images of the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Paul’s Hospital overcomes this challenge while reducing its environmental footprint.

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Promoting health care and understanding climate change in the Ukraine

Climate change harms public health, and even health professionals lack specialised knowledge in this area. Taras and his team actively change this through online trainings and tools.

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The burning of mercury-containing devices has been consigned to oblivion in Zambia

Incinerator operators like Nkhata needed to keep working to put food on the table even if burning mercury-containing medical devices made him choke and cough up blood. Then, Nkhata became an autoclave operator.

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The phasing out of mercury as a public health priority in South Africa

When Azeeza discovered, following an inventory assessment, that there were still mercury devices in the Sizwe Tropical Diseases Hospital, she decided to launch a phase-out campaign with the help of hospital staff.

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Sustainable health care waste management that inspires change in South Africa

Located in the rural Garden Route District, the hospital had to make a trip of 450 kilometres five times a week to transport infectious medical waste for processing. Michael issued an urgent call to action for hospitals to move away from medical waste incinerators and engage in sustainable waste disposal models.

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Predictability, reliance, and savings during the COVID-19 pandemic in Moldova

The current COVID-19 pandemic placed unprecedented stress on providing health care services to the most vulnerable individuals. Thanks to good mobilisation and coordinated action between medical institutions, civil society and mobile clinics, people living with HIV could access life-saving medicines during the lockdown and further periods of restrictions.

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Hospitals minimise plastic waste in Tanzania

Recycling of health care plastics is not a standard practice in Tanzania. Hussein and Miriam are committed to solving this issue by identifying the potential challenges of recycling plastics and improving health procurement practices.

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Vietnam’s National Lung Hospital pioneers sustainable procurement

To address the adverse effects of the health sector on the environment, the hospital started reducing plastic waste by adopting environmentally-friendly green procurement procedures.

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Indian nurses pave the way for environmentally friendly procurement

For Vincy, nurses play a vital role in advocating, educating and leading action to mitigate risks associated with climate change. By reducing the negative environmental impacts caused by the health care system in which nurses work, she believes in achieving big changes.

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When training inspires procurement to take the driver seat for sustainability in India

A few years ago, Pankaj was not familiar with sustainable health procurement. Today, he actively encourages suppliers to reduce environmental impact throughout their supply chains and educates users and suppliers about environmentally responsible procurement choices.

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