For more than 25 years, Salud Sin Daño has worked together with the health sector to address environmental problems. Given the current scenario of the serious climate crisis that the planet is experiencing and the worrying prognosis announced by science —whose consequences will further affect people’s health, especially that of the most vulnerable populations—, the leadership of those who work in the health sector and its institutions has become crucial to advance solutions to address the problem.

In 2011, more than a decade ago, Health Without Harm created the Global Network of Healthy Green Hospitals and called on healthcare facilities around the world to commit to and work towards the implementation of the Global Agenda for Healthy and Green Hospitals, a framework comprehensive environmental health program whose objective is to promote greater sustainability in the health care sector to strengthen health systems worldwide. Membership to the Global Network is free. Hospitals, care facilities and health systems track their progress through observable results, while sharing best practices and finding solutions to common challenges.

As of July 2022, the Global Network in Latin America had 978 members representing the interests of 24,444 hospitals and health centers in 15 countries. At the global level, it is worth noting the achievement of a new membership milestone: in July 2022, the Global Network reached 1,600 members, with more than 60,000 hospitals and health centers represented in 78 countries.

Salud Sin Daño presented the sixth edition of the report “Hospitals that heal the planet”, a publication that shows examples of the results of the work of the members of the Global Network of Green and Healthy Hospitals in Latin America to minimize the environmental impact of their activities and promote the environmental health of the community.

This year, the report features sections dedicated to sustainable procurement, climate action in health, advances in the implementation of the Global Agenda for Green and Healthy Hospitals, and a summary of the work of the winning institutions of the 2021 edition of the “Less footprint, more health”. It also includes a section with leadership stories from health professionals who work in institutions that are part of the Global Network and who are an example of commitment and dedication due to their incessant and motivating work in pursuit of health and the environment. In its 2022 edition, this report summarizes and details the work carried out by 40 institutions belonging to seven countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru), which year after year manage to exceed their results and motivate more hospitals and health systems to work in the same direction.

Read the full report here.

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