EarthMedic and EarthNurse seek to partner with individuals and organisations of like mind to address planetary health issues, which are the health of human civilisations and the state of the underlying natural systems that support it. The current COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call; a push for the world to start anew. The most hopeful sign seen thus far is that most people are willing to work for the planet’s benefit on a massive scale, even as we face the loss of lives and livelihoods from COVID.
After retiring as inaugural director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in 2019, and with 30 years of experience in global public health, facing public health emergencies, epidemics, disasters, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), Dr. Hospedales as Founder felt impelled to work on Planetary Health.
After much thought, he is establishing EarthMedic as a new NGO ‘to raise urgent attention to and resources for action to improve planetary health, working with an informed and empowered health workforce globally, and through public-private-people-planet (PPPP) partnerships’, which focus on areas of co-beneficial action.
EarthMedic and EarthNurse are not-for-profits with global scope, with special focus on climate-vulnerable regions, anchored in the Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS), and based in Trinidad and Tobago and England, UK.