Devex: Is it time for health facilities to go green?

September 29, 2020
In Alicante, Spain, air pollution is responsible for 4 million deaths per year and, while advocates put pressure on fossil fuel companies and airlines for their role in polluting the sky,there is also a more unlikely culprit: Health facilities.
This is an excerpt from the original article of Devex.

 

While health facilities in countries where there is a high level of provision are the biggest contributor to pollution, experts also pointed to issues in lower-resource settings. 

In Africa, for example, many facilities lack reliable electricity and often rely on kerosene lanterns and diesel-fueled generators to provide life-saving care.  

“There’s an opportunity while upgrading health care facilities to greener solutions, to also make the local health care systems less costly.”

François de Borchgrave, managing director, KOIS

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