Health Care

Health Care Worldwide Calls for Action on Climate Change

Declaration endorsed by institutions representing more than 10,000 hospitals

Bonn, Germany—With global climate negotiations beginning their second week at COP23, leading hospitals and health systems around the world issued a Call to Action for the health sector to play a leadership role in tackling climate change.

Health Care Without Harm delivered the Call to Action to the World Health Organization's Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a high-level event on climate and health at COP23. "The health impacts of climate change and the health benefits of climate action are becoming increasingly clear,” said Director General Tedros. "Health care, with its hospitals on the front lines, must be part of the solution."

Organized by Health Care Without Harm and its Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network, 129 institutions in 31 countries, representing the interests of more than 10,000 hospitals and health centers have joined the Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change.

"As health care providers, we recognize that many of our institutions have a major carbon footprint," participating hospitals declared. "We have the opportunity and responsibility to align our actions with the Paris Agreement and support its implementation."

"All of us must do our part to address climate change by implementing renewable energy, clean transportation, green building and sustainable procurement strategies."

In the wake of several extreme weather events around the world that have disabled and devastated hospitals and health centers and the communities they serve, the Call to Action recognizes that as a front-line first responder, the health care sector must build resilience into our systems and facilities to best prepare for serious climate change-induced extreme weather impacts.

The hospitals and health systems endorsing the Call to Action represent a broad diversity of health care institutions around the world, ranging from national health systems in countries as diverse as England and Palau, to sub-national health ministries and systems in Brazil, Colombia and South Africa, to large private or non-profit health systems in Germany, South Korea, the Philippines, and the United States. 

"By coming together around this Call to Action health care is showing that it has an important role to play in every country to address climate change and help implement the Paris Agreement” said Josh Karliner, International Director of Program and Strategy for Health Care Without Harm. "Hospitals the world over can become 'climate-smart' and provide leadership to address one of the greatest health threats of all time."


Leaders of health care institutions endorsing the Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change had this to say:

"The ambitious targets agreed upon at COP21 in Paris will require every sector to contribute if we are to have any chance of tackling dangerous and unhealthy climate change. As health professionals, we have an obligation to first, do no harm to both the health of our communities and the planet. The health and care sector has the political and economic leverage, as well as the moral obligation to lead from the front when it comes to climate change."

--David Pencheon, Director, Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England

 

"We are helping create momentum in the United States to transition to a low-carbon economy. Health care can help lead the way by reducing our own carbon footprint, investing our resources in renewable energy and advocating in our communities and countries to protect people’s health from climate change."

--Kathy Gerwig, vice president and environmental stewardship officer, Kaiser Permanente, USA

 

"We are building a coalition of hospitals and health systems in India that is taking action to address both climate change and air pollution. By implementing climate-smart health care strategies, our institutions have an important role to play in contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy in India and around the world."

--Alex Thomas, President, Association of Healthcare Providers of India (AHPI) and Chair, Health and Environmental Leadership Platform (HELP), India

 

"The São Paulo State Health Secretariat is fully committed with its State Policy on Climate Change implementation and in mobilizing its health care network (70 hospitals and hundreds of other health care facilities) to became an example, leading the public health protection against climate threats and in building a low carbon healthcare system."

--Dr Eduardo Ribeiro Adriano, deputy secretary of São Paulo State Health Secretariat, Brazil

 

"Our hospitals have to be prepared to serve our communities in the face of growing threats from typhoons, heat waves and the shifting burden of disease."

--Sister Arcelita Sarnillo, Saint Paul de Chartres Health Care Ministry (SPCHCM) in the Philippines

 

"Climate change has a great impact on health in Africa and in the entire world, and causes human and material damage. In front of this alarming situation, we are all obliged to put in place strategies to combat climate change in our health systems today. We have only one planet and only one opportunity to save it."

--Ahmed Idhammad, Head Of Sustainable Department - The Mohammed VI University Hospital of Marrakesh

 

"Thanks to intelligent solutions, we at the LVR-Klinik Bonn reduced CO2 emissions by more than 40 percent compared to 1998, thereby making an important contribution to the implementation of national climate targets. In doing so, we assume social responsibility and combine modern treatment methods with sustainable environmental protection. We are proud of that and want to be a role model for other clinics, which is one of the reasons we are delighted to endorse the Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change."

--Ludger Greulich, CEO LVR-Klinik Bonn, Germany

 

"Dignity Health has long been dedicated to addressing issues related to climate change as part of our healing mission and broader commitment to the health of our planet. As a major healthcare provider, we see the intrinsic link between climate change and public health, particularly in vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected. We continue our unwavering support of global climate solutions, including the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, and have undertaken significant action to reduce our own carbon footprint to advance climate-smart health care."

--Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, VP Corporate Responsibility, Dignity Health

 

"Climate change is now a reality, and healthcare must not be indecisive or take gradual measures. We need to implement strong environmental policies to increase resilience and protect public health."

--Lic. Verónica Clavel, Hospital Público Descentralizado Dr. Guillermo Rawson de San Juan, Argentina

 

Call to Action on Climate Change and Health

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The Call to Action was delivered by HCWH to World Health Organization Director General Tedros. Together with Director General Tedros in the photo are HCWH International Program and Strategy Director Josh Karliner, the ministers of health of Fiji (presidency of COP23) and the Cook Islands, and the Princess of Jordan.

 

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About Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm works to transform the health sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice.

About Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

Health Care Without Harm’s Global Green and Health Hospitals Network (GGHH) has 900 members representing more than 28,000 hospitals and health centers on every continent. Health Care Without Harm supports the scale-up of innovative climate mitigation models, resilience, and leadership through the GGHH Network’s 2020 Healthcare Climate Challenge.

November 13, 2017Global

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GGHH Policy Director and Members Win “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” Award

Scott Slotterback, Policy Director for Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH), a program of Health Care Without Harm, and four sustainability leaders from GGHH members were among the ten winners in the Sustainability Category of the 2017 “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” Award. The GGHH member representatives include: Ahmed Idhammad (Head of Sustainable Development, Mohammed VI University Hospital of Marrakesh, Morocco), Gustav Eriksson (Head of Environmental Department at Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden), Sonia Roschnik (Sustainable Health Advisor, Previous Head of Unit to the NHS England SDU, United Kingdom) and Douwe Kiestra, Vice President, International Federation of Hospital Engineering). In addition, Jon Utech, (Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at the Cleveland Clinic, USA), a member of GGHH’s partner program Practice Greenhealth Is also winning the award.

The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare awards program honors individuals in healthcare deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Grupo Midia’s Healthcare Management magazine to be the most influential individuals in the industry, in terms of leadership and impact. The award ceremony will take place on 14 November 2017 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The 10 award winners in each category receive equal recognition and honors at the ceremony and in Healthcare Management International magazine.

As Policy Director, Scott Slotterback leads the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network and plays a central role in building its technical capacity.

Scott came to GGHH after working for over 30 years on complex building and land use planning projects, including a decade at Kaiser Permanente (one of the largest non-profit health care systems in the United States), where he led teams focused on improving the design and sustainability of over 60 major health care buildings. He has authored numerous health care sustainability focused case studies, design standards, white papers, and articles and has presented this work at national and international conferences. Scott also served on the steering committee that wrote the Green Guide for Healthcare, which became the basis for LEED for Healthcare.

"Working with members that represent over 28,000 hospitals and health centers, Health Care Without Harm is seeing wide-spread adoption of sustainability, globally across the health sector. The GGHH member network is leading the way to a green, low-carbon, climate-resilient future," says Scott Slotterback.

As GGHH members, the Mohammed VI University Hospital of Marrakesh, NHS England Sustainable Development Unit, International Federation of Hospital Engineering and Karolinska University Hospital are at the forefront of sustainable health care, creating innovative, high impact solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of health care facilities in their countries.

Our members continue to raise the bar for sustainable health care. We are honored to be working with them to transform the heath sector around the world.

Sustainability Category Winners:

  • Scott Slotterback Policy Director, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, HCWH
  • Ahmed Idhammad, Head of Sustainable Development, Mohammed VI University Hospital of Marrakesh
  • Gustav Eriksson, Head of Environmental Department at Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden
  • Sonia Roschnik, Sustainable Health Advisor, Previous Head of Unit to the NHS England SDU
  • Douwe Kiestra, Vice President, International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE)
  • Jon Utech, Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow, Co-director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
  • Erol Odabasi, Global Director of Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson, USA
  • Michael G. Vale, Executive Vice President, Health Care Business Group, 3M
  • Kevin Krueger, Procurement & Sustainability Manager at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
November 9, 2017Global

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Interview with Scott Slotterback: “Hospitals Are Working on Mitigating Their Own Impact”

GGHH’s Policy Director, Scott Slotterback, was interviewed about the role of the health care sector in addressing climate change at the Australasian College of Health Service Management/ Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Asia-Pacific Health Leadership Congress in Sydney that took place on 27-29 September.

“One of the key issues today is climate change. Hospitals are working on mitigating their own impact, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. They are working on resilience to climate change, preparing their facilities and their medical systems to be able to respond to the changes that are being driven by climate change. And they are working on leadership since the trusted voice of healthcare has a powerful impact”, explained Scott Slotterback in the interview.

As Policy Director, Scott Slotterback assures the smooth functioning of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network while helping lead its ongoing development. He also plays a central role in building the technical capacity of the Network.

Scott Slotterback comes to this role after working for over 30 years on complex building and land use planning projects, including a decade at Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in the USA, where he led teams focused on improving the design and sustainability of over 60 major healthcare buildings. He authored numerous sustainability focused case studies, design standards, white papers, and articles. He also presented climate change resiliency and environmental sustainability at numerous national and international conferences and served on the Steering Committee that wrote the Green Guide for Healthcare, which became the basis for LEED for Healthcare.

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November 6, 2017Global

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Lancet Countdown 2017 Report Highlights Progress and Opportunities for Health and Climate Change

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change (*) released today a new report titled, “From 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health” that follows on the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change report, which emphasized that the response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

The findings show that climate change is affecting the health of all populations, today. These impacts are disproportionately felt by communities least responsible for climate change and those who are the most vulnerable in society. The report identifies health challenges that are only just beginning to emerge, just as the findings show there is no room for complacency. Unavoidable increases in global temperature, and the role of climate change as a threat multiplier or an accelerant of instability, mean they can be expected to significantly worsen.

“The voice of the health profession is essential in driving forward progress on climate change and realizing the health benefits of this response.” – The 2017 Report of the Lancet Countdown.

The authors are clear the necessary response to climate change still provides an opportunity to realize substantial gains in public health. The potential benefits and opportunities are staggering, including cleaning-up the air of polluted cities, delivering more nutritious diets, ensuring energy, food and water security, and alleviating poverty, alongside social and economic inequalities.

The report’s authors and the results of the 40 indicators come to three key conclusions:

  1. The human symptoms of climate change are unequivocal and potentially irreversible – affecting the health of populations around the world, today.
  2. The delayed response to climate change over the past 25 years has jeopardized human life and livelihoods.
  3. Although progress has been historically slow, the past 5 years have seen an accelerated response, and in 2017, momentum is building across a number of sectors; the direction of travel is set, with clear and unprecedented opportunities for public health

The indicators span five categories: climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement. Some discoveries are:

  • 87% of cities globally are in breach of WHO air pollution guidelines, meaning billions of people worldwide are exposed to unsafe levels of atmospheric particulate matter (PM 2.5). This is significantly higher than previously thought. In South East Asia, 1.9 million people died prematurely as a result of ambient air pollution in 2015.
  • Between 2000 and 2016, the number of people exposed to heatwave events has increased by approximately 125 million, with a record 175 million people exposed to heatwaves in 2015. This supports the Lancet’s existing research showing just under 1 billion additional heatwaves exposure events happening by 2050.
  • Out of the world's total adaptation spend, just 4.63% ($16.46 billion USD) is on health and 13.3% ($47.29 billion USD) on health-related adaptation.
  • NHS emissions reduced by 11% from 2007 to 2015, despite an 18% increase in activity.
  • The global value of funds committing to divestment in 2016 was $1.24 trillion, of which health Institutions represent $2.4 billion; this represents a cumulative sum of $5.45 trillion (with health accounting for $887 billion).

Learn more:

Visit the Lancet Countdown website to learn more about the indicators and findings, download policy briefings, and find multimedia communication resources.

Visit The Lancet’s website to download the full report in English (with Executive Summary translations available in French, Mandarin, and Spanish), and to explore interactive infographics.

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(*) About the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international multi-disciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions that provide a global overview of the relationship between public health and climate change. Publishing its findings in The Lancet medical journal each year, the initiative aims to help inform an accelerated response to climate change.

Leading academics and technical experts from across 24 partner institutions around the globe have contributed analysis included in the 2017 report. Example partner organizations include the World Bank, World Health Organization, University College London, and Tsinghua University among others.

For more information, visit: http://www.lancetcountdown.org/about-us/.

October 31, 2017Global

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The 2017 Climate and Health Summit

The 2017 Climate and Health Summit will take place on Saturday the 11th of November, alongside the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

The summit will focus - from a health perspective - on actions within cities and regions that will advance implementation of national targets under the Paris Agreement, as well as actions that help build momentum towards increasingly ambitious climate commitments.

Register here

The 2017 Climate and Health Summit will be an opportunity to promote investment in communities and health systems and to increase the global capacity to respond to climate change by increasing awareness of sustainable development in the context of climate change and health, and strengthening collaboration between health organisations and with other sectors.

This summit is hosted by the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and its European Center for Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany, and with the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL). 

Health Care Without Harm is one of the Summit’s Partner Organisations, alongside:

With an extensive programme delivered by a variety of speakers from the WHO, and regional and city authorities across the world, this summit will feature dynamic plenary presentations to engage, influence, and encourage commitment to climate action.

Learn, discuss, and exchange new ideas on increasing climate ambition and implementing climate and health actions - join us in Bonn for The 2017 Climate and Health Summit.

 

Register here

 

October 26, 2017Europe

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GGHH Challenges Members to Improve Health and Protect the Environment

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) is pleased to announce the launch of the Green Health Challenges, a new initiative calling on its robust network of over 900 members, representing the interests of more than 28,000 hospitals and health centers in 49 countries, to increase their commitment to reduce their environmental footprint.

Founding participants include GGHH members from Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. The Challenges were first announced on October 10 at GGHH’s bi-annual Latin America regional conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil and will be featured at the Network’s Asia regional conference in Taiwan this week.

The Green Health Challenges are a data-driven initiative, designed to help health care organizations commit to sustainability goals and track the impact of their environmental projects and efforts. Each Challenge contains a series of targets, indicators and focus areas that provide a pathway for members, and for the GGHH network as a whole, to measurably reduce their footprint.

Initially, the Challenges will focus on two of the ten GGHH Sustainability Goals: Waste and Energy, in addition to the 2020 Health Care Climate Challenge, which already has more than 135 member participants representing the interests of more than 10,000 hospitals and health centers around the world.

“We designed the Green Health Challenges with a multi-tier structure that enables members to pick and choose goals according to their capabilities and resources.  This design aims to make the Challenges accessible to GGHH members of all sizes and levels of sustainability experience,” said Scott Slotterback, GGHH Policy Director.

Through data submission on the Hippocrates Data Center, members can report, track and visualize their progress while contributing to an aggregated global view of the GGHH network’s efforts to reduce their environmental footprint.

As members achieve progress and reach Green Health Challenge milestones, they will receive public recognition through a new international awards program, the Green Health Awards.

“Every member can play a leadership role by engaging in the Green Health Challenges. From members just beginning to address sustainability at their facilities to those who are advanced in this field, the Green Health Challenges are an opportunity for all members to focus and progress around shared objectives. Collectively their participation sends a powerful message to hospitals and health systems everywhere that we can achieve environmentally sustainable health care,” said Antonella Risso, Technical Coordinator of Projects at Health Care Without Harm, Latin America.

The focus areas of each challenge align with the challenges of the Healthier Hospitals program in the United States, which have hundreds of hospital and health system participants. Healthier Hospitals is a program of Practice Greenhealth (GGHH’s implementation arm in the U.S.).

The Green Health Challenges are now open for health care facility, hospital, and health system members from around the world to join. Institutions that are not currently members of GGHH are welcome to join the network and participate.

Join us and take on the Green Health Challenges

 

Founding Members

Africa

  • Bogani Regional Hospital, South Africa
  • CHU Mohammed V, Morocco
  • Grey’s Hospital, South Africa
  • Netcare Limited, South Africa
  • Western Cape Government Health, South Africa

Asia

  • Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal
  • Kathmandu Model Hospital, Nepal
  • National Kidney Centre, Nepal
  • Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Nepal

Canada

  • CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’ile-de-Montreal
  • Institut Philippe-Pinnel de Montreal
  • Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas

Europe

  • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, UK
  • Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Vivantes Hospital Neukölln, Germany

Latin America

  • Area de Salud Catedral Noreste, Costa Rica
  • Hospital de Pediatría “Prof. Dr. Juan Pedro Garrahan”, Argentina
  • Hospital San Rafael de Pasto, Colombia
  • Hospital Universitario Austral, Argentina
  • Hospital Universitario Departamental de Nariño, Colombia
  • Hospital Universitario Santa Sofía de Caldas, Colombia

Pacific

  • Counties Manukau Health, New Zealand
  • UnitingCare Queensland, Australia
  • Western Health, Australia

Join us on our upcoming webinar: Green Health Challenges- Advocacy Through Action

Join us on our upcoming webinar to learn more about the Green Health Challenges and opportunities for your institution to participate and receive recognition for your work to reduce your environmental footprint.

GGHH staff will provide an in depth view into each of the Challenges along with founding participant members sharing their innovative projects and implementation strategies from their facility.

Time and Date:
Session 1: November 1st, 2017

  • 7 am Pacific Daylight Time
  • 11 am Argentina Time
  • 3 pm Central European Summer Time
  • 4 pm South Africa Standard Time

To check you time zone, click here. Register for session 1

Session 2:
November 1st, 2017

  • 6 pm Pacific Daylight Time

November 2nd, 2017

  • 6.30 am India Standard Time
  • 9 am China Standard Time and Philippine Time
  • 12 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time

To check you time zone, click here. Register for session 2

October 19, 2017Global

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Australia | Climate Change as a Main Concern in Health Care Congress

Health Care Without Harm participated in the ACHSM/ACHS Asia-Pacific Health Leadership Congress in Sydney that took place on 27-29 September. The Congress, organized by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), is the peak Australasian gathering of health leaders.

Scott Slotterback, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH)’s Policy Director) delivered a keynote address entitled “Winds of Climate Change: Preparing for a Cyclone.” He explained, using examples from Australian hospitals, and hospitals around the world, how the health sector is embracing the challenges of climate change, modeling solutions for their communities and saving money as well.

Between 450 and 500 people attended Slotterback’s presentation, nearly all of whom were health care decision makers. Engaged throughout the presentation, the audience was especially interested in the case studies provided by GGHH members. Catherine Chaffey, Chief Executive Officer of the ACHSM said: “I’m personally really pleased to be able to include such an important set of issues that you covered into the Congress.”

"Climate change is a health issue today. As the health sector pursues cost reductions, many are realizing that health care costs can be significantly reduced by promoting a healthy population and addressing the environmental conditions that affect health", explained Scott Slotterback.

Workshop on Climate Change

Following the keynote presentation, Fiona Armstrong, Climate and Health Alliance’s (CAHA) Executive Director; Carol Behne, CAHA’s Sustainable Healthcare Project Officer; and Scott Slotterback facilitated a workshop titled “Health Services in a Changing Climate: Risks, Rewards and Opportunities”. Over 25 health care leaders from a variety of backgrounds participated.

The event outlined key initiatives in Australia and around the world that are building capacity and leadership in the health sector to respond effectively to climate change. It involved experts and leaders in climate change, health policy and advocacy, including national and global leaders from GGHH.

The interactive workshop enabled participants to share ideas, identifying solutions to key questions on reducing emissions in healthcare, strengthening climate-resilience, and engaging with stakeholders. Workshop facilitators helped to guide discussions of small groups, who reported back on their ideas/outcomes and provided examples of real life case studies on how institutions are addressing these challenges and opportunities.

Participants also learned about the campaign for a “National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well – being” for Australia and had the opportunity to hear case studies from hospitals and health systems reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing their environmental footprint. In addition, they learned about the opportunities and benefits for improving environmental health, saving money and protecting public health through participation in the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network.

“Feedback from participants at the workshop was very positive – many valuing the extended opportunity to talk to one another about this topic, and at least half the attendees indicating they intended to take action following the workshop”, assured Scott Slotterback.

October 11, 2017Global

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Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change

In the lead up to the UN Climate Negotiations this November in Bonn, Germany, Health Care Without Harm is working with hospitals and health systems from around the world to sign a Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change.

Together with our health care partners we aim to forge a powerful, collective voice advocating for climate-smart health care, greater health system resiliency, and leadership from the health sector in protecting public and planetary health from climate change.

With climate change already exacerbating a wide range of health problems the world over, the health sector must play a leading role in addressing climate change, which The Lancet has called the greatest global health threat of the 21st Century. 

The Health Care Call to Action is a message from hospitals and health systems to colleagues and sister institutions around the world. It calls on health care to address its own climate impacts, create climate-smart development strategies, and to prepare for expected serious climate-change induced extreme weather impacts.

By taking these actions, health care can help foster a transition to a low-carbon economy that will generate substantial health benefits and health equity gains.

"Health care institutions in every country can become leaders in contributing to both health and climate solutions by reducing their emissions and becoming more resilient," says Josh Karliner, International Director of Program and Strategy at Health Care Without Harm.

To start, 16 hospitals and health systems from 11 countries have signed the Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change. HCWH is calling on hospitals and health systems from around the world to endorse the call before the Bonn meeting in November.

Join your colleagues from around the globe and endorse the Health Care Call to Action on Climate Change

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September 27, 2017Global

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South Africa | Workshop on Sustainable Health Care Solutions

The workshop “Sustainable Health Care Solutions: An Environmental Health Model for Governance, Advocacy, Capacity and Information“ took place on 4 September 2017, as a part of the 13th Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) Conference (4-7 September, in Johannesburg, South Africa).

The event was hosted by Health Care Without Harm and its strategic partner in South Africa, groundWork. There were 38 participants including health care sector leaders, environmental health practitioners, public health researchers, policy makers, academics, and students.

During the event, participants learned about the impacts of the health sector on environmental health and climate change, shared best practices and, tools and resources on climate smart health care and discussed how to engage the health sector in raising awareness about the links between climate change and health.

To this regard, Luqman Yesufu, Global Green and Health Hospitals (GGHH)’s campaigner in Africa, said: “Climate change and resulting environmental degradation is real. The health sector needs to take a more active and participatory role in environmental governance as it seeks to address the issues that undermine public health”.

One of the main issues discussed was how healthcare professionals, engineers, contractors and other suppliers can create systems that address waste management, energy conservation and other sustainability issues. In addition, the group brainstormed how hospitals can deal with the impacts of climate change when they are at their doorstep.

"The audience was amazed by the case examples from GGHH members of climate smart examples leading the way in South Africa to demonstrate to health systems around the world what is possible and practical in settings where resources are limited as well as when more resources are available”, explained Susan Wilburn, GGHH’s Sustainability Director, Health Care Without Harm.

Speakers from 5 GGHH members -Stellenbosch University, Greys Hospital, Groote Schuur Hospital, Netcare Limited and Bongani Regional Hospital- presented the work and progress of their institutions to address environmental health issues.

About the PHASA Conference

The Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) advocates for equitable access to the basic conditions necessary to achieve health for all South African as well as equitable access to effective health care. PHASA works with other public health associations and related organizations and advocate on national and international issues that impact on the conditions for a healthy society.

Through their annual conferences, PHASA brings unique and objective perspectives to national and international debates on public health and development issues. The conference also fulfils a networking and capacity building function for our constituency and advocates for a comprehensive approach to disease prevention, health promotion and protection, and inter-sectoral action to address the social determinants of health. The theme of the 13th PHASA Conference was “A Global Charter for the Public’s Health: Implications for Public Health Practice in South Africa”.

September 13, 2017Global

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Asia | Green Hospitals Conference 2017

The 2017 Green Hospitals Asia Conference will take place in Taipei, Taiwan on October 20 and 21, 2017. The conference will bring together health systems, health organizations, and hospitals from across the region to tackle the role of health care in addressing environmental and public health issues.

The conference will gather participants from across the region and focus on how the health sector can lessen its carbon footprint through sustainability measures in the following areas: Leadership, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, and Procurement.

This year’s conference will be organized in partnership with the Health Promotion Administration of Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Taiwan Society of Health Promoting Hospitals, and Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation.

Fostering Low-Carbon

Health Care The Conference’s theme “Fostering Low-Carbon Health Care” expands on previous years’ focus, challenging the health sector to take a leadership role in addressing the public health impacts of climate change.

Working with government and intergovernmental agencies, GGHH promotes the transformation of hospitals and health centers into low-carbon facilities. This year’s conference will highlight how to achieve this through green procurement, safer chemicals, and investing in renewable energy.

Objectives

The conference aims to provide participants:

  1. Knowledge of best practices in health care based on the ten achievable goals of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Agenda
  2. Access to online platforms, tools, and resources
  3. Information on GGHH Challenges on Energy and Waste
  4. Opportunity to network with experts and hospitals practicing and advocating the GGHH Agenda

Participants

The conference will gather participants from:

  1. Governments and Intergovernmental bodies
  2. Health Care Facilities, Hospitals and Health Care Systems
  3. Health Promoting Hospitals network
  4. Professional Organizations Civil Society
  5. Other interested stakeholder organizations and individuals

Program

Topics range from climate –adaptation, mitigation and resilience and health care leadership. Among the ten GGHH Agenda, priority and focus will be given on Leadership, Energy, Purchasing and Chemicals.

Experts will be coming from Taiwan, USA, India, Philippines, Germany, Malaysia and China.

Agenda

October 19, Thursday

  1. Global Green and Healthy Hospitals members and potential members’ meeting

October 20, Friday

  1. Health Promotion Administration and Taiwan Society of Health Promoting Hospitals to open event
  2. Plenary Session on Procurement, Pharmaceuticals
  3. Parallel Workshops on GGHH Goals

October 21, Saturday

  1. Hospital Tour – Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital
  2. Plenary Session on Energy and Leadership
  3. Parallel Workshops on GGHH Goals Introduction of GGHH Challenges on Energy and Waste

New conference logo

This year, the Conference launches a new logo that reflects GGHH’s vision of building a community of green and healthy hospitals and health systems that openly collaborate and share experiences with one another. Inspired by Asia’s diverse cultures, the logo represents how exchanges between hospitals across the region enrich the global environmental health movement.

Event Contact

Faye Ferrer, Coordinator, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals: [email protected]

August 31, 2017Global

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