July 2018 | View online

In this Issue

 Launch of the New Sustainable Health in Procurement Project

 Europe | Members Present Their Work to Reduce Environmental Footprint

 Africa | Installation of Autoclaves in Hospitals in Ghana

New GGHH Members

The Global Green and Healthy Hospitals community has 1,035 members in 54 countries who represent the interests of over 32,100 hospitals and health centers.

Our members are using innovation, ingenuity, and investment to transform the health sector and foster a healthy future for people and the planet. Find out more and become a member.

Featured Case Studies

 South Africa | National Lightning Roll-out, Netcare Limited. Download case study

 India | A Solar Energy Initiative to Reduce Cost and Carbon Emission, Bhagat Hospitals. Download case study

 Philippines | Initiative on Green Procurement, Philippine Heart Center. Download case study

 New Zealand | Growing People at Woodford Gardens – Waitakere Hospital, Waitemata District Health Board. Download case study

See a full list of case studies

Featured Resources

World Bank Report Calls for Health Sector Leadership on Climate

A joint production with HCWH, the report establishes a new framework for health systems in every country to become leaders in addressing climate change. Read more


Water reuse management: Is pharmaceutical pollution a real problem?

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HCWH Asia | 2017 Annual Report 

We are Pleased to Announce the New and Improved Health Care Climate Challenge

The threats posed by climate change continue to grow, with people the world over already experiencing the impacts. The urgency for health care to play a leadership role in taking on the Climate Challenge is greater than ever.  


Changes to the Challenge


Projecting beyond the 2020 time horizon, as we know our collective work on this issue will extend well into the future, we are simplifying the name to the Health Care Climate Challenge.
We have a fresh new logo to accompany this along with exciting new tools and opportunities to support your work that we'll be sharing more on in the coming months.

The new challenge will provide exciting opportunities to take your climate commitments to the next level by setting targets for 100% renewable electricity and carbon neutrality.

A new anesthetic impact calculator available in the Hippocrates Data Center will allow you to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions related to the use of anesthetic gases at your institution. 
Join the Health Care Climate Challenge

United Nations Development Programme and Health Care Without Harm Launch New Sustainable Health in Procurement Project

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), officially launched its new program Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) with an inception workshop that took place on 17th-19th April, in Istanbul, Turkey. 

SHiPP is a four-year project aiming to promote sustainable procurement in the health sector, in the United Nations Agencies, and in key project countries through the reduction of toxicity of chemicals and materials in health products, the reduction of greenhouse gases in the supply chain and the conservation of resources. The program began its implementation in January 2018.

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Europe | Members Present Their Work to Reduce Environmental Footprint

Fostering Low-Carbon Healthcare in Europe, a six month pilot project lead by Health Care Without Harm – Europe, working with six hospital partners across the region, including several GGHH members, aimed to identify opportunities for health sector engagement on climate change related issues, including anaesthetic gases.  

Vivantes Klinikum Neukölln, a GGHH member in Germany, hosted a two-day roundtable meeting for participants to close the pilot project. Participating hospitals gave presentations on their progress to date. They also put together a document to summarize the project.

For more information on the event and to download the presentations given by the participants, click here. To access the summary of the pilot project, click here.

Africa | Installation of Autoclaves in Hospitals in Ghana

Health care facilities in Ghana have installed autoclaves and other equipment to improve health care waste management, as part of a Medical Waste project that United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) are coordinating.

During a 6-day visit to Ghana, Ruth Stringer, HCWH’s Science and Policy Coordinator, and a group of UNDP experts visited pilot hospitals in the project, worked with the autoclave manufacturing team to install the equipment and trained the staff that will be operating the machines. Stringer explained that “this is a very exciting phase of the project. We have trained over thirty technical staff and installed the first autoclaves in the sites constructed by the hospitals. Now safer waste management will start, first here in Ghana, and soon in the other project countries.”


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