Launch of WHO guidance for climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities

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As the climate continues to change, health systems and health care facilities are under mounting pressure, reducing the ability of health professionals to protect people from increasingly severe climate impacts.

The WHO guidance for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities, published on October 13th 2020, provides health professionals and health care facility managers with key tools and interventions to build resilience and improve environmental sustainability in health care facilities. The WHO guidance thereby aims to support health care facilities to anticipate, respond to, recover from and adapt to climate-related shocks and stresses, while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and leveraging opportunities to restore and improve it.

In these two webinars, WHO representatives will provide an overview of the new WHO guidance for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities, and a variety of experts and country representatives will share their priorities and initiatives to implement the guidance.

You can register for the webinar, taking place on Oct. 13th 9-11am CET, here.

You can register for the webinar, taking place on Oct. 13th 3-5pm CET, here.

 

Programme

Morning session: Oct. 13th 9-11am CET

The webinar will be opened by Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of the WHO Climate Change and Health Unit, who will provide an overview of the WHO guidance on climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities.

This will be followed by an expert panel discussion on priorities and initiatives at country, regional and global level, with the participation of national representatives from Fiji, Maldives and from a country in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (TBC), the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, Health Care Without Harm and the European Healthcare Climate Council. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Carlos Corvalan, a lead author of the WHO guidance.

Finally, an open discussion will allow for outlining priorities and next steps to strengthen resilience and environmental sustainability of health care facilities in the different WHO regions. The open discussion will be moderated by Professor Yun-Chul Hong, Director, Division of Public Health and Medical Care, SNU Hospital and Director, Institute of Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Seoul National University Dr. Campbell-Lendrum will close the webinar by summarizing the key issues discussed and  the agreed next steps to strengthen the resilience and environmental sustainability of health care facilities.

Register for the webinar here. (Session password: CRHCF2020)

 

Afternoon Session: Oct. 13th 3-5pm CET

The webinar will be opened by Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head of the WHO Climate Change and Health Unit, who will provide an overview of the WHO guidance on climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities.

This will be followed by an expert panel discussion on priorities and initiatives at a country, regional and global level, with the participation of natioanl representative from the Netherlands, Ethiopia, and from a country in the PAHO region, as well as experts from Health Canada, Health Care Without Harm and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Carlos Corvalan, a lead author of the WHO guidance.

Finally, an open discussion will allow for outlining priorities and next steps to strengthen resilience and environmental sustainability of health care facilities in the different WHO regions. The open discussion will be moderated by Dr. Marcelo Korc, Unit Chief, Climate Change and Environmental Determinants of Health, PAHO. Dr. Campbell-Lendrum will close the webinar by summarizing the key issues discussed and  the agreed next steps to strengthen the resilience and environmental sustainability of health care facilities.

Register for the webinar here. (Session password: CRHCF2020)

 

Background

The aim of the WHO guidance for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities is to enhance the capacity of health care facilities to protect and improve the health of their target communities in an unstable and changing climate; and to empower health care facilities to be environmentally sustainable, by optimizing the use of resources and minimizing the release of waste into the environment.

This guidance document provides a set of suggested interventions, along the lines of four fundamental requirements for providing safe and quality care in the context of climate change: (1) the health workforce; (2) water, sanitation, hygiene and health care waste management; (3) sustainable energy services; and (4) Infrastructure, technologies and products.

Climate resilient and environmentally sustainable health care facilities contribute to high quality of care and accessibility of services, and by helping reduce facility costs also ensure better affordability. They are, therefore, an important component of universal health coverage (UHC).

 

Read More

Publication – WHO Guidance for Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities (available from Oct. 13)

Slide deck – Climate Resilient and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities

More information on Climate Resilient and Environmentally sustainable Healthcare Facilities

 



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