Science and Policy Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm
Ruth Stringer is the international science and policy coordinator for Health Care Without Harm. She has been working with Health Care Without Harm for over ten years, coordinating work on waste, but also providing expertise on chemicals, pharmaceuticals and procurement. She is a member of the International Solid Waste Association healthcare waste working group, a technical advisor to the Africa Healthcare Waste Management project that Health Care Without Harm is leading with UNDP and WHO and advises on waste management policies internationally.
She maintains the organization’s database of sustainable technologies and promotes sustainable technologies for low and medium income countries. This includes supporting partners in Africa and Asia to implement waste autoclaving and develop biodigestion as an option for materials such as food and pathological wastes that can be hard to manage in places with limited waste disposal infrastructure.
Health care facilities in the United States generate approximately 14,000 tons of waste per day, 20 to 25 percent of which is plastic packaging and plastic products. Packaging, a very short term use with long term consequences in the environment, is a substantial part of this total. Most plastic waste is being disposed of in […]