Health Care without Harm’s strategic partner in South Africa, groundwork, held its first Global Green and Healthy Hospital (GGHH) community planning meeting in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, from the 20th to 22nd January. The two day meeting was an opportunity for members to learn more about groundwork, Health Care Without Harm, and GGHH. In addition, members shared brief presentations highlighting their recent achievements and goals for the coming year.
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) is proud to announce the worldwide release of its 2014 Annual Progress Report. Documenting the continued development and success of GGHH over the past year, the Annual Progress Report highlights key achievements while providing a view of goals and targets for the year to come.
GGHH Asia Program Coordinator, Faye Ferrer, joined GGHH Founding Member, the Thai Ministry of Health’s GREEN and CLEAN Hospitals Program, to visit several hospitals in Thailand. The objective of the trip was to see firsthand the great success of Thai hospitals at reducing their environmental impact and work and to help them document their work best practices for other hospitals and stakeholders to learn from and model in their own facilities.
The group visited three facilities on the trip: Phimai Hospital, Namphong Hospital and Buayai Hospital. Each hospital showcased their work and success in one or two areas, such as wastewater management, organic food production, biogas for food waste and vermi (worm) composting.
Phimai Hospital is a 90-bed hospital from the NakornChaiBuRin Region of Nakhon Rachasima Province. Staff presented their recycling efforts on paper wastes and food wastes that are turned into organic fertilizers. These fertilizers are then distributed to the hospital personnel for their organic gardens.
Namphong Hospital is a 60-bed hospital that implemented a waste recycling strategy. This hospital is an example of how good leadership can turn a health care facility and its employees into becoming stewards for a healthier and greener environment.
Buayai Hospital, a 120-bed facility, demonstrated how hospitals could convert their wastes into a usable resource. By treating over 180 cubic meters per day of waste water, Buayai Hospital creates its own biogas that it uses in its facility. This has resulted in a significant reduction of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) use from 16 tanks to 8.