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Global Initiatives

Climate change is the greatest global health threat facing the world in the 21st century, but it is also the greatest opportunity. Gain a deeper understanding of the impact of hospitals and providers on climate change, as well as ideas on how eye care systems around the world can proactively reduce carbon emissions.

How Global Climate Initiatives Benefit the Health Sector

There are significant co-benefits to the health sector in integrating climate and environmental strategies, starting with better public health through a reduction in environmental pollution. Within our healthcare system we also benefit from increased productivity, improved quality of services, and reduced costs. Find concrete examples below of successful reduction of medical waste and sustainability in ophthalmology throughout the world.
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A Model for Low-Carbon Eye Care in the Race to Zero

Healthcare is a significant contributor to climate change. Rengaraj Venkatesh, MD, talks about Aravind Eye Care System's low-carbon model in India: alternate energy sources, transport, infrastructure, equipment maintenance, and more.
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Carbon Footprint of Cataract Surgery: India and UK

Aravind Eye Care System in India has created an effective and efficient model for cataract surgery, which reuses nearly all of its surgical materials rather than relying on single-use disposables. Previous studies show that their surgical outcomes are better than the UK's, on a variety of metrics.

Impact of Digital Technology & Equipment Maintenance

How can digital technologies reduce the carbon footprint of the healthcare industry? The answer is much further-reaching than simply electronic medical records: from managing chronic disease to reducing patient travel to streamlining the supply chain for glasses.

Design Principles for Green Hospitals

Architect Israel Gnararaj presents ideas for delivering "care that also takes care of the environment" through green hospitals. Constructing hospitals requires significant resources and energy consumption, so a conscious approachfrom construction through the building's life cyclecan have a major impact on the environment.

Alternative Energy Sources for Healthcare

Aditi Modi, global project manager from SELCO Foundation, discusses how healthcare providers can look to alternative clean energy to be more environmentally friendly.

Leveraging Institutional Procurement for Mitigating Climate Change

Sanjay Kumar of Indian Railways explains how focusing on procurement and supply chain can be an effective intervention for mitigating climate change in healthcare delivery.

Next Steps and Commitments to Environmental Impact

Dr. Cassandra Thiel addresses the question: "how will you change the environmental footprint of your medical practice?" She also highlights several networks for medical professionals to collaborate on sustainable solutions.

IAPB Guide for Environmentally Sustainable Eye Health Practices

This practical guide was developed to support the eye health community to minimize the environmental impact of eye health services and support climate change resilience. The guide, which applies to every level of eye care, is provided by The IAPB Climate Action Working Group.


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IAPB Call To Action for Environmentally Sustainable Practices in the Eye Health Sector

The eye health sector can show leadership and accelerate efforts to mitigate our own climate impact.


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