The 5th GGHH Community Planning Meeting took place on 1-2 February in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, gathering representatives from 10 members from 5 different provinces around the country (Western Cape, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and North West).

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss key issues for the health sector in South Africa, such as climate change and energy, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. Members of the GGHH Global Secretariat also joined the meeting virtually to share updates on GGHH tools, resources and programs, such as HippocratesGGHH Connect and the Green Health Challenges.

groundWork, HCWH’s strategic partner in South Africa, organized the even with the objectives to:

  • Review the successes and challenges of members in 2017
    • Each participating member presented case studies and an overview of the work and progress of their institution.
  • Plan for individual and collaborative work in 2018

Quotes from participants

  • Boniswa Hlotshana from Tembisa Provincial Tertiary Hospital said: “The Planning Meeting was awesome to say the least. It exceeded my expectations. The atmosphere was relaxed, allowing for free flowing conversations that were easy to participate in. This, coupled with the many opportunities to bench mark, integrate systems and see real outcomes made it worthwhile. I thoroughly enjoyed networking and being surrounded by such learned and enthusiastic GGHH Champions”.
  • Cindy Crompton from Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital: “groundWork’s planning workshop successfully facilitated networking amongst us as GGHH South African member hospitals, and specifically the hospitals in our own provinces. The meeting was invaluable in getting us focused for the year. In KwaZulu-Natal province (KZN), our plans are to get together as KZN hospitals twice each year for information sharing sessions. Additionaly, we hope to organize an energy exchange for our engineers.  I picked up invaluable information and tips for greening the OR whilst at the planning session as well as some tips on Food Waste Recycling. I also agreed to help one of our KZN hospitals with their waste recycling initiative by hosting them at our hospital, Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. All of the presentations were most helpful in generating ideas and discussion”.