Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia together with the UNDP Global Environment Facility Project on Global Healthcare Waste launched the report From the Backyard to the Frontline: Initiatives of Philippine Hospital Workers on Best Environmental Practices at a meeting of 150 hospital administrators and staff in Cavite, Philippines. The report showcases exemplary practices in seven selected hospitals.

According to Merci Ferrer, HCWH Asia Director, “The report reminds us that the Philippines is a leader in environmental health practices in the region.” The Philippines is the first country in Asia to have a national legislation mandating the phase-out of mercury in all health care facilities and institutions and the first in the world to have a national legislation banning medical waste incineration.

The report contains a series of examples of hospitals in the Philippines working on materials recovery and recycling, safe radiology practices, green cleaning, mercury substitution, biogas, other clean energy production, and waste water treatment. Read more | Download Report