Source: groundWork

Durban, South Africa | Health care institutions from around the globe gathered on Sunday (October 30) at the Durban International Convention Center (ICC) for the start of the 40th World Health Congress, under the International Hospital Federation [1] (IHF).

On October 31, the side event “Global Green and Healthy Health Systems” [2] brought together hospital leaders from Africa that have voluntarily joined Global Green and Healthy Hospital as well as other leading international health care experts to share approaches to low-carbon, sustainable health care ideas and systems.

The importance of environmentally healthy health care will intersect with this year’s congress theme “Addressing the Challenge of Patient-Centred Care and Safety” at a side event hosted by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) [3] in partnership with its South African member groundWork [4].

Luqman Yesufu, Coordinator of the GGHH Network in Africa and Environmental Health Campaigner at groundWork: “HCWH and its GGHH Network responds to climate change as a major health care challenge by identifying and supporting health sector members around the globe in the replication of models that foster low carbon, sustainable health care solutions. These solutions aim to be financially viable and increasingly resilient to extreme weather events, while enhancing health care delivery and the quality of care to patients.”

For more information on the side event click here.


[1] The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation is a unique global forum that brings together key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions in healthcare management and service delivery. For more information visit
[2] Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is an international coalition that works to transform the health care sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice. For more information visit
[3] groundWork is an environmental justice organisation working with community people from around South Africa, and increasingly Southern Africa, on environmental justice and human rights issues focusing on Coal, Climate and Energy Justice, Waste and Environmental Health. groundWork is the South African member of Health Care Without Harm and Friends of the Earth International. For more information visit
[4] The Global Green and Healthy Health Systems side event at the World Health Congress press pack, which contains a briefing paper, case studies and the agenda, can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:


Luqman Yesufu
Coordinator, GGHH Network (Africa) and Environmental Health Campaigner, groundWork
Tel (w): +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Tel (m): +27 (0) 62 209 0990

Nombulelo Shange
Media and Communications Manager, groundWork
Tel (w): +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Tel (m): +27 (0) 74 874 2177