India | Report Assesses Health System Response to Kerala Floods of August 2018

India | Report Assesses Health System Response to Kerala Floods of August 2018

The Kerala floods of 2018 offered a unique opportunity to appraise the challenges within the health sector and also redesign the health sector to be an anchor for communities in an event of any extreme climatic event in the future.

Healthy Energy Initiative India and Doctors for You, in collaboration with Climate Action Network South Asia and Community Environmental Monitoring, conducted a preliminary multi stakeholder survey of Health System response to Kerala Floods of August 2018 to consolidate the experiences of health care systems in the state.

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The survey particularly assessed …

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India | Op-Ed: ‘Pollution is a health emergency’

India | Op-Ed: ‘Pollution is a health emergency’

Dr. Arvind Kumar, a surgeon at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi and a founder of the Lung Care Foundation (one of Health Care Without Harm’s partners in India), contributed a powerful op-ed in the Washington Post in which he pointedly calls India’s deadly pollution crisis “a public health emergency.”

He points to lack of awareness as a major barrier to action: “Indians know that pollution is bad for them and their children, but many do not understand the extent to which the damage carries in …

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India | Health assessments mandatory for new thermal plants

The inclusion by the Union environment ministry of mandatory baseline health assessments and periodic health monitoring as a standard condition for all Environmental Clearances for Thermal Power Plants is a welcome first step, according to Healthy Energy Initiative, a coalition of health sector professionals, environmental groups and community organisations advocating for health-based choice of energy sources.

Health — the most important criteria of well-being — has been noticeably absent from EIA processes in India. The inclusion of health assessments is an indication that the concept of …

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Global | Commitments, call to action, and key takeaways from the WHO Air Pollution Conference

Global | Commitments, call to action, and key takeaways from the WHO Air Pollution Conference

Health Care Without Harm participated in the First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health in Geneva, Switzerland from October 30 – November 1, 2018. Learn more about our engagement at the conference at noharm-global.org/whoglobal.

“The health of the nation is in peril and the future of our children is at stake. It is time for resolute action, not just seasonal lament.”

– Dr. K. Srinath Reddy (President of the Public Health Foundation of India, a Health Care Without Harm partner) …

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Global | New posters convey powerful messages about air pollution and health

Global | New posters convey powerful messages about air pollution and health

“Air pollution kills. Clean energy saves lives.”

“The air your child breathes is like smoking 20 cigarettes per day.”

“Hospitals are leading the way for clean and healthy air.”

L-R: Aarti Khosla (GSCC India), Christiana Figueres (Mission 2020 Convenor and former head of the UNFCCC), Dr. Arvind Kumar (Founder and Trustee, Lung Care Foundation), and Shweta Narayan (Healthy Energy Initiative India Coordinator)

These are among the simple but powerful messages conveyed in a set of artistic posters that Health Care Without Harm rolled out at the First WHO Conference …

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Philippines | Health Department & Frontline Communities Gather to Discuss Revival of Health Impact Assessment

Philippines | Health Department & Frontline Communities Gather to Discuss Revival of Health Impact Assessment

Frontline communities from various mining, coal and waste districts in the Philippines gathered last Friday to meet with Department of Health (DOH) in an aim to revive the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in light of the influx of environmentally-critical projects in the country.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), HIA is a means for determining the potential and lived health impacts of (1) public policies and (2) development projects in a wide array of sectors. It uses qualitative, quantitative and/or participatory techniques that can provide evidence-based …

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India | Doctors urge Environment Minister to strengthen health action in proposed National Clean Air Program

National Clean Air Program: Need more than just research, say experts
At least 25 public health professionals from leading institutes have written to the Environment Ministry.

Source: Shweta Narayan of Health Energy Initiative – India, as published in The News Minute. The story has been picked up by a wire service and syndicated to news outlets around the country. See one such article in Business Standard.

As the last date for submitting comments on the draft National Clean Air Program (NCAP) by Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) …

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India | Op-ed: Public health in times of environmental pollution

India | Op-ed: Public health in times of environmental pollution

The draft National Clean Air Programme has lofty goals, but falls short on three key counts

Source: Bhargav Krishna and Dr. K. Srinath Reddy of the Public Health Foundation of India, excerpted from the Hindu Business Line. 

The World Health Organization recently released its updated Ambient Air Pollution database, noting that over 90 per cent of the global population lives in areas with poor air quality. Unsurprisingly, India figures prominently on the list with 14 of the top 15 cities showing the highest levels of annual average PM2.5 (particulates …

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South Korea | Health Advocates and Policymakers Convene at Launch of Healthy Energy Initiative

South Korea | Health Advocates and Policymakers Convene at Launch of Healthy Energy Initiative

SEOUL — A diverse group of health leaders, policymakers, and civil society advocates convened at the National Assembly Building on April 5, 2018, to discuss the health impacts of energy choices and commit to the transition from fossil fuels to healthy, renewable energy at the official launch of the Healthy Energy Initiative Korea.

The half-day forum was convened by partners of the Healthy Energy Initiative Korea, including Yonsei University College of Medicine, the Korea Green Hospitals Society, Ecomom Korea, the Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM), …

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Global | Powering Past Coal: Treating the climate with coal phase-out

Global | Powering Past Coal: Treating the climate with coal phase-out

Courtney Howard, president-elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, at the release of the Canada brief of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, at the CHEO hospital on Nov. 2 in Ottawa. Photo by Alex Tétreault

During the UN Climate Negotiations at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, Canada and the UK announced the Powering Past Coal Alliance with 25 other governments from around the world to accelerate the global phase-out of coal-fired power plants.

The alliance highlighted the health effects of coal in both its declaration and launch …

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