March 2017

In this Issue

 HCWH, China Health Ministry Research Center, UK Organization Sign Green Hospital Pact

 Mexico | State Secretary of Health Announces Expansion of GGHH

 GGHH 2016 Annual Report

 New Member Resources: Saving Energy through Behavior Change

 Better Health Leads To Less Carbon Emissions

 Australia | Doctors Use Greener Gas for General Anaesthetics to Reduce Carbon Emissions

 UK | GGHH Member Receives Environmental Awards

Announcing the 2020 Climate Champions of 2016

As 2017 begins, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals is pleased to announce the 2016 winners of the 2020 Challenge Climate Champion Awards. From New Zealand to Sweden, Costa Rica to Morocco, these institutions are leading the transformation to climate smart, resilient health care around the globe.

We are honored to recognize their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments with the Climate Champion Awards.

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GGHH Members Around the World

 Apollo Hospitals, India
 Aravind Eye Care System, India
 Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI), India
 Associations of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI), India
 Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (SA Branch), Australia
 Bhagat Hospitals, India
 Cancer Institute Chennai, India
 Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI), India
 Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services, Australia
 Clínica Chia S.A., Colombia
 Consortium of Accredited Healthcare Organizations (CAHO), India
 Cooperativa Antioqueña de Salud Coopsana IPS, Colombia
 Council on Energy Environment and Water (CEEW), India
 Delhi Medical Association NH & ME forum, India
 Dr. Lal Path labs limited, India
 E.S.E. Hospital El Tambo, Colombia
 Environment and Child Health of CIAP, India
 Global Association of Physicians of India Origin (GAPIO), India
 HOMI - Fundación Hospital de la Misericordia, Colombia
 Hôpital Privé de Marrakech HPM-Maroc, Morocco
 Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), India
 Institución Prestadora de Servicios de Salud SANAMEDIC S.A., Colombia
 Lower Umfolozi War Memorial Provincial Hospital, South Africa
 Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social de Colombia, Colombia
 National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), India
 National Board of Examination (NBE), India
 National Neonatology Forum of India (NNF), India
 Northdale Hospital, South Africa
 Observatorio Universitario de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional del Estado de Guanajuato, Mexico
 PRISM Bangladesh Foundation, Bangladesh
 PSG -Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, India

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals has 744 members from 42 countries from all over the world representing the interest of more than 21.700 Hospitals and Health Centers.

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Featured Case Studies

 Australia | Recycling of Single Use Metal Instruments, Western Health. Download case study

 Chile | Solar Panels, Hospital Andacollo Dr. José Luis Arraño. Download case study (in Spanish)

 Chile | Pharmaceuticals, Hospital de Puerto Aysen. Download case study (in Spanish)

 China | Renovation of Boiler Flue Gas Heat Recovery and Solar Hot Water System; China Building Technique Group, China Academy of Building Research (Shanghai Chest Hospital). Download case study (in English | in Chinese)

 China | Renovation of Coal-Fired Boiler in Geriatric Ward in North Xin’an District; China Building Technique Group, China Academy of Building Research (Beijing Shijingshan District Wulituo Hospital). Download case study (in English | in Chinese)

 Dominican Republic | Implementation of Sustainability Practices that Promote Health, Hospital Pediátrico Dr. Hugo Mendoza. Download case study (in Spanish)

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Health Sector Leaders Launch the Health and Environment Leadership Platform

Institutions representing more than 5,000 hospitals and health centers that form the Health and Environment Leadership Platform (HELP) released a joint statement calling for concerted action to reduce air pollution in India.

The Health and Environment Leadership Platform was also formally launched today by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in partnership with HCWH.

HELP will work as a platform for new GGHH members in India, working to bring them together to voice their concern and show leadership on the impact of environmental risk factors for ill health. Read more




HCWH, China Health Ministry Research Center, UK Organization Sign Green Hospital Pact

Health leaders from China, the U.S, Korea and UK got together at the "International Symposium on Developing Green Health Care System and Facilitating the Implementation of Healthy China Strategy" held in Beijing, China to share research and practical experience on green hospitals and health management.

As a milestone of the three parties' cooperation, China National Health Development Research Center (NHDRC), HCWH and Sustainable Development Unit International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an International Collaboration to build a green health care system in China at the conference. 

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Mexico | State Secretary of Health Announces Expansion of Global Green and Healthy Hospitals’ Membership at Climate Forum

At the Awareness Forum on Climate Change and Health in Mexico last January, the Ministry of Health announced the expansion of their Global Green and Healthy Hospitals’ (GGHH) membership, with 60 hospitals and more than 100 health centers joining the network.

The Forum, attended by more than 100 participants (including health care professionals and directors), also addressed a climate change mitigation project being implemented in the State of Mexico.

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2016 Annual Report | Leading the Way Toward Green, Climate-Smart Health Care

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) is proud to announce the worldwide release of its 2016 Annual Progress Report. GGHH members are at the forefront of sustainable health care, creating innovative, high impact solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of health care facilities on every continent. 

The 2016 Annual Progress Report highlights key achievements while providing a view of goals and targets for the year to come.  We hope you enjoy reading about our collective success.

New Member Resources: Saving Energy Through Behavior Change is pleased to announce the launch of a series of resources, signs, and placards to engage staff on efficient use of energy in their institutions. In a unique collaboration with the award-winning program Operation TLC from Global Action Plan, GGHH members can now learn how to train staff to adopt behaviors that result in energy and financial savings save, whilst creating healing environments for patients.

Access GGHH Connect and find out more!

Better Health Leads To Less Carbon Emissions

Health Care Without Harm President Gary Cohen and Charlotta Brask, Director of Sustainability at Stockholm County Council (a GGHH/HCWH Europe member), contributed their perspectives to an article published in Novo Nordisk’s quarterly magazine TBL.

The theme of the final 2016 magazine was "The carbon footprint issue, watching our step," and within the issue Gary and Charlotta discussed addressing the root causes of the health sector’s contribution to carbon emissions.

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Australia | Doctors Use Greener Gas for General Anaesthetics to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Doctors at a Melbourne hospital have found a way to put patients “to sleep” in a way that both reduces their environmental impact and saves money.

Anaesthetists at Western Health (GGHH member) have changed the gases they use in operations to reduce their carbon emissions. Anaesthetist and intensive care physician Forbes McGain said they had saved $30,000 a year and reduced emissions by 140 tonnes, which is the equivalent of 36 round trip flights from Melbourne to London.

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UK | GGHH Member Receives Environmental Awards

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGH), GGHH founding member in the United Kingdom, recently received awards recognizing their work and accomplishments in sustainability and environmental footprint reduction.

NGH has set a carbon reduction target of 34% by the year 2020 and has worked over the last two years to embed wider sustainability principles across the different functions of the Trust.

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