Negotiating for Health at COP20 in Lima

As the UNFCCC Conference of Parties draws to an end in Lima, the voice of the health community calling for concerted action on climate change is only getting louder.

At the Lima Climate and Health Summit, health and climate leaders – including Peru’s Minister of Health, UNFCCC’s Chief of Staff, and World Bank Group Vice President – spoke about the health consequences of climate change, the co-benefits to health of climate action, and the urgent political commitments needed to turn the threat of climate change into an opportunity for better health. 

Below is a round-up of initial reports and reflections on health from the COP proceedings and side events in Lima. Watch this page for further updates as the COP comes to a close.

  • Video interview: Josh Karliner, Director of Global Projects at Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), discusses the health impacts of fossil fuels and the importance of health sector engagement on climate change.


  • Video interview and blog post: In a video clip, Nick Watts, Secretariat of the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), talks about the momentum within the health community in calling for strong climate action and the importance of embedding health issues into international climate policy. In a related blog post, GCHA’s Braithwaite and Erica Parker further make the case to act on climate and health.


  • Blog post: Kornelia Bagi, HCWH Europe’s Climate Policy and Membership Officer, shares her highlights from the Climate and Health Summit, focusing on the role of the health sector in investing, educating, and advocating for climate action. Read: COP 20 Diary: Health Saturday.
  • Blog post: A delegation of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations reports on their success in both influencing the COP negotiations to include considerations of health co-benefits, and influencing the Peru Health Minister to take action on climate change. Read: How Health won COP.
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December 9, 2014Global

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The Biofuel Autoclave: A Low Cost, Non-electric Solution to Infectious Medical Waste

The Biofuel Autoclave pairs a gasketless non-electric autoclave with a highly efficient, low cost cookstove that can be powered by a variety of biofuels. This creates an autoclave that operates independent of the electric grid, lowering the primary barrier to autoclaving being a viable solution everywhere. It is an attractive solution to infectious waste management in rural areas and in disaster situations, when electric autoclaves may not be appropriate.

In May 2014, a joint effort between HCWH, HECAF, UC Berkeley, and InStove was employed to test the Biofuel Autoclave in Kathmandu, Nepal. Testing was performed not only to validate the autoclave but also evaluate which locally available biofuels were suitable for sterilization cycles.

Procedures for validating the efficacy of disinfection were based on challenge testing procedures developed by the GEF-supported UNDP-implemented Global Health Care Waste Project ( Pressure pulsing, a technique of repeatedly building up and releasing steam pressure, was used to flush air from the waste and ensure effective disinfection.

The tests proved that the Biofuel Autoclave is versatile, as intended. It was able to reach sterilization conditions when powered by a variety of fuel sources including wood, biomass briquettes, and biogas. This flexibility of the Biofuel Autoclave makes it a sustainable solution for healthcare facilities in all parts of the world that are handicapped by lack of access to power.

November 6, 2014Global

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Registration is Now Open! Climate and Health Summit 2014

Invitation to attend the Climate and Health Summit 2014

December 6th 2014  |  Swissotel, Lima, Peru

The Global Climate and Health Alliance, of which HCWH is a founding member, invites you to the 2014 Climate and Health Summit.

The Summit will take place alongside COP-20 in central Lima this December. It will be an occasion to showcase success stories, and coordinate action across all sectors to protect human health from the impacts of climate change. There will be a line-up of highly engaging speakers, including experts from the World Bank, World Health Organization, and local public health groups at the front line of climate program implementation. The Summit will highlight that addressing climate change presents an opportunity to invest in a cleaner, healthier, more equitable world.

Register now! Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. More information is available at the Climate and Health Summit 2014 website.


October 31, 2014Global

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