Global - WHO-HCWH Mercury Elimination Partnership Launched

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.

Global: Developing countries swamped in healthcare rubbish

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.

"The documented growth in and poor disposal of health care waste appears to represent a real threat to the health of at least 40… low and middle income nations," write Michael Harhay, from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and colleagues.

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
Buenos Aires and Manila — 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.