Document Type

Honors Project


An evaluation of healthcare facilities in rural areas of Ecuador and Minnesota, USA shows that medical waste management decisions are often made by people unaware of environmental consequences. Since deteriorating ecosystems adversely affect human health, medical curriculum changes could combat the irony that the health care system contributes to environmental degradation. Thus all practitioners of allopathic medicine should be educated with curriculum that equally addresses environmental and human health. the recommendations in this thesis work to enable local practitioners to use existing resources ecologically and promote environmentally responsible healthcare.



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