Building A Climate Change Response for Healthcare - Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) and Sustainable Health in Procurement (SHiP) Conference 2019

07 November 2019 – Health care institutions from across the continent will gather on Thursday and Friday (7th and 8th November 2019) at the Blue Waters Hotel for the first regional GGHH/SHiPP conference in Africa. This event which is hosted by groundWork [1] in partnership with its international partner – Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) [2] bringing together Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) [3] members, health care leaders and experts from across the continent and beyond to discuss, innovate and collaborate on strategies to foster climate-smart and sustainable health care practices.

This conference will showcase cutting edge, effective practices from the GGHH network and connect you to members who are at the forefront of implementing revolutionary projects related to green building design, renewable energy and sustainable procurement.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease Assessment estimated that almost one-fourth (23%) of diseases and deaths globally can be attributed to preventable environmental factors. Among these environmental factors are air pollution and climate change which are directly interlinked with the WHO declaring air pollution a “global public health emergency” contributing to an increase in cardio-pulmonary and cerebral vascular disease worldwide.

In a recent report, The Lancet described climate change as a global health emergency that threatens to reverse 50 years of health gains in the developing world. WHO Director General Margaret Chan called climate change “one of the greatest challenges of our time.” 

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

As of June 2019, the GGHH global Network has1 256 members in 61 countries who represent the interests of over 36,000 hospitals and health centres, while in Africa GGHH network has grown steadily to 95 members representing over 1700 hospitals and health centres in the continent that are all committed to reducing their ecological footprint and promoting environmental health both locally and globally. The network is based on the members’ commitment to implement a comprehensive environmental health framework in their institution.

Onsite registration for the conference will begin at 07h30 on 07th November at the Blue Waters Hotel, Durban.



[1] 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

[2] Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is a collaborative campaign made up of 250 organisations that work to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. For more information visit

[3] Global Green and Healthy Hospital (GGHH) network is an international network of hospitals, health care facilities, health systems, and health organizations dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint and promoting public and environmental health. For more information visit



Luqman Yesufu
Coordinator, GGHH Network (Africa) and Senior Campaign Manager, groundWork
Tel (w): +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Tel (m): +27 (0) 63 746 6980

Rico Euripidou
Environmental Health Campaign Manager, groundWork.
Tel (w): +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Tel (w): +27 (0) 83 519 3008

Tsepang Molefe
Media, Information, and Publication Campaign Manager, groundWork
Tel (w): +27 (0) 33 342 5662
Tel (m): +27 (0) 74 405 1257