Impact stories that inspire is a collection of 14 stories featuring people working on the Sustainable Health in Procurement Health Project (SHiPP) and amplifies the voices of incredible and extraordinary women and men passionate about introducing health sector practices that improve their working conditions, the lives of their communities and help protect the environment.

“Impact stories that inspire” brings together 14 experiences that show that no matter our role in society, we all have a vital part in creating a better, safer, and more resilient world: two Zambian women who challenged societal stereotypes and prejudices by training to become autoclave operators, a Brazilian nurse whose charisma and leadership were catalytic to the adoption of new, environmentally-friendly cleaning products, an Indonesian team that cultivated a small-scale organic farm during the COVID-19 together with the support of rehabilitating mental health patients and the local community; and many more stories.

These amazing stories have emerged from the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP), a joint programme developed by the United Nations Development Programme and Health Care Without Harm, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). 

Every two weeks we will be sharing one of the stories of the GGHH members featured in the Impact stories:

  • October 5: The phasing out of mercury as a public health priority in South Africa
  • October 19: The girl who took notice, the woman who took action in Colombia
  • November 2: When training inspires procurement to take the driver seat for sustainability in India
  • November 16:Indonesian mental health hospital feeds the body and soul
  • November 30:Sustainable health care waste management that inspires change in South Africa
  • December 14: A Brazilian ambassador for change for a toxin-free future
  • January 4, 2023: Indian nurses pave the way for environmentally friendly procurement
  • January 18, 2023: Fighting COVID-19 in the Philippines by prioritizing both people and the environment