HCWH's co-founder Gary Cohen is a recipient of the prestigious Skoll Award. This video, chronicling the evolution of HCWH's work, premiered at the 2009 Skoll World Forum. enlarge video
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can harm the brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver. It is used throughout health care in a variety of products including thermometers, sphygmomanometers, dental amalgam, laboratory chemicals and preservatives such as thimerosal, cleaning agents, and various electronic devices such as fluorescent lamps and computer equipment.
The cumulative usage, spills, breakages and disposal of these products makes the health care sector a significant contributor of mercury pollution in the environment.
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to phase out the use of mercury because of the many safe, cost-effective non-mercury alternatives that exist for nearly all uses of mercury in health care.
As part of a global initiative to reduce the use and spread of mercury in all aspects of society, Health Care Without Harm is leading the effort to eliminate mercury from the health care sector.
- EWG's Fish List page on website of Environmental Working Group lists mercury levels in fish and other seafood
- Global Movement for Mercury-Free Health Care Report (pdf)
- Making Medicine Mercury Free (pdf)
- Mercury in Dental Amalgam and Resin-Based Alternatives: A Comparative Health Risk Evaluation
- The Mercury Problem: Fast Facts (pdf)
- Mercury-Free Health Care website, a WHO-HCWH Global Initiative
- Mercury Policy Project website
- Mercury Thermometers and Your Family's Health (pdf)
- Toward the Tipping Point (pdf)
WHO-HCWH Global Initiative to Substitute Mercury-Based Medical Devices in Health Care. A Two-Year Progress Report