[Medium] Health Care Without Harm started small, organizing a Mercury Awareness Day and thermometer swap with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, substituting more than 1,000 mercury thermometers with reliable, affordable digital alternatives. The event was a success and quickly spread to other Boston-area hospitals and then to 5,000 hospitals across the U.S., decreasing exposure to this toxin while increasing collective health and resilience.
By 2005, nearly all U.S. hospitals had phased out use of mercury-containing devices. It was time to go bigger. “In order to protect children everywhere, we knew we had to eliminate mercury across the entire world,” shared Cohen.