Workshop on sustainability with the World Patients Alliance

Date:  16 November 2023
Host:  Partners

Sustainability in healthcare is crucial because it ensures that medical services are provided in a way that meets present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This approach is highly relevant to patient safety as it encompasses efficient resource management, reduced environmental impact, resilience during emergencies, health equity, infection control, and patient-centered care. By adopting sustainable practices, healthcare systems can enhance patient safety by ensuring the availability of resources, minimizing environmental hazards, responding effectively to crises, promoting equitable care, controlling infections, and providing tailored, high-quality healthcare services.

Join the IHF and Geneva Sustainability Centre’s collaborative workshop with the World Patients Alliance. This hour-long virtual session will cover:

  • the impact of climate change on healthcare
  • patient-powered sustainability solutions
  • green tips for patients
  • how you can drive environmental sustainability.
Sylvia Basterrechea

Sylvia Basterrechea

Programme Lead | Geneva Sustainability Centre

Sylvia manages strategy and engagement related to leadership for sustainability, as well as the IHF’s international framework of healthcare leadership competencies.

Sara Perazzi

Senior Partnership and Programme Manager

Sara leads strategic liaison activities with international partners, advocacy initiatives, and networks such as the Association Leaders Circle.

World Patients’ Alliance

Hussain Jafri

Executive Director

Hussain Jafri is the Executive Director of World Patients’ Alliance. He is also the Secretary General of Alzheimer’s Pakistan, the national association of Alzheimer’s disease...

World Patients’ Alliance

Hussain Jafri

Executive Director

Hussain Jafri is the Executive Director of World Patients’ Alliance. He is also the Secretary General of Alzheimer’s Pakistan, the national association of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that Hussain founded in 1999 as a result of his experiences as a care giver for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s Disease. He has been very active in the field of patient safety and has remined the Vice Chair of Advisory Group of WHO’s Patients for Patients Safety Program (PFPS). Hussain has also founded Pakistan Patient Safety Initiative and has been working towards several patient safety initiatives. The Government of the Punjab has also nominated him the Provincial Focal Person on Patients Safety & Quality and given the responsibility of developing patients safety and quality services in the health sector of the Punjab province. He has remarkable experience of working as a volunteer in the social sector and has had an opportunity of working with government, national and international non-profit organizations. Hussain is also a member of the Person and Family Centred Advisory Council (PFCAC) of International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). Moreover, he is also a taskforce member of Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy (GAPPA). He is an experienced speaker and a resource person and has been presenting nationally and internationally on different issues like patient safety, patient-centred healthcare, care giving, advocacy, partnership in health, organizational development, etc. Hussain is a PhD from University of Leeds, UK on prevention of genetic disorders. He is currently working as the Deputy Project Director of Punjab Thalassaemia Prevention Programme and has published several publications in international indexed journals.

Global Colon Cancer Association

Andrew Spiegel

Co-founder and Executive Director

Andrew Spiegel has nearly two decades of experience in the patient advocacy arena. Spiegel co-founded the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, now the leading US based national...

Global Colon Cancer Association

Andrew Spiegel

Co-founder and Executive Director

Andrew Spiegel has nearly two decades of experience in the patient advocacy arena. Spiegel co-founded the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, now the leading US based national patient advocacy organization dedicated to colon cancer. Mr. Spiegel, an attorney, besides being a co-founder of the organization and longtime board member of the Alliance became CEO in January of 2008 and he ran the CCA for nearly 5 years, before undertaking his next venture, the Global Colon Cancer Association (GCCA). Currently, Spiegel is co-founder and executive director of the GCCA, an international patient advocacy organization. This organization is an international community of nearly 50 colon cancer patient advocacy organizations and stakeholders dedicated to end the worldwide suffering of the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths. In addition to his work in the colon cancer community, Spiegelis an active advocate for health care policies both in the US and now worldwide. He is a co-founder and currently serves on the steering committee of the Alliance for Safe Biologic Medicines (ASBM). He is on the Board of Directors, and in December 2014 was elected to Chair, of the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC),a founding member of the Coalition to Increase Clinical Trial Participation and in May of 2016 he began a three year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Alliance of Patient Organizations (IAPO) where he chaired the fundraising committee. Spiegel has won multiple awards for his work in patient advocacy. Spiegel is a 1986 graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with minors in English and Philosophy. He is a 1989 graduate of the Widener University School of Law. After working for a Philadelphia litigation firm, Spiegel opened his own law firm in 1995.

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