Advancing sustainability and resilience in hospitals in India

Date:  28 February 2024

Advancing sustainability and resilience in hospitals in India

“Make India the centre to heal the world.”

Dr Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Group, India

At the 11th International Patient Safety Conference (23 February 2024) in Bangalore, India, the Geneva Sustainability Centre participated in a panel discussion, delivered a Navigating Net-Zero Masterclass to local healthcare executives, and visited IHF Members at their hospitals to discuss their plans and progress on the journey to sustainability.

In the scientific programme

The plenary session on ‘Climate change and sustainability’ provoked an insightful discussion on “Nice-to-have” to “Must-have” practices within the healthcare sector. Experts explored the evolving need for greening the spectrum of healthcare initiatives. The panel was moderated by Dr Karan Thakur (Group Lead – Sustainability & ESG, Vice President – Public Affairs, Apollo Hospitals). In an engaging and motivational session, the panellists explored the positive steps that hospital executives can take to transition to a resilient, equitable, and sustainable future.

  • Dr Alexander Thomas (Patron, Association of Healthcare Providers (AHPI), Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI) & Consortium
    of Accredited Health care Organisation (CAHO)) who emphasized the need for a multi-pronged approach to building resilience.
  • Sujayathi Dasgupta, the Healthcare Director at WardFour, reiterated the fact that hospital operations do not necessarily become greener by building more.
  • Ajitha Nair (President, Association of Nurse Executive (ANEI)) highlighted the need for transparency.
  • Sonia Roschnik, Executive Director of Geneva Sustainability Centre, tied the concepts together with the need for collaborative efforts throughout India and across the world.

“None of us operate alone and that’s more true in healthcare than anywhere else.”

Sonia Roschnik, Executive Director of Geneva Sustainability Centre

Conference side event

The Navigating Net Zero masterclass supports sustainability journeys in organizations across the healthcare sector; attracting consultants, sustainability experts, and individuals keen to learn how climate change affects healthcare delivery. With over 25 participants, we saw robust discussions around what needs to happen to care for India’s 1.43 billion people and the healthcare framework needed to support them.

The masterclass includes access to the Carbon Emissions Learning Lab (CELL), which participants found to be ‘an eye-opener to understand the interventions that can be implemented by healthcare facilities towards reducing their carbon emissions’.

We look forward to continued collaboration with IHF members to support the Indian healthcare system’s journey in leading this discussion on the world stage.

“Heal in India, heal from India, and heal by India.”

Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Group, India

Amongst many other conference highlights, Dr Joel Roos Vice President of International Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Joint Commission International (JCI) shared the latest developments in the preparation of international environmental sustainability standards for hospitals – a collaboration between JCI and the Geneva Sustainability Centre. The sustainability standards will focus on five areas including governance, employee engagement, procurement practices, infrastructure, and use of environmental resources. Publication of this new chapter in JCI’s hospital standards is planned for mid-2024.

“There is a desire from patients and staff to be green and sustainable.”

Dr Joel Roos, Vice President of International Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Joint Commission International (JCI)

Thanks to Apollo Hospitals Group for working with us to boost sustainability knowledge and skills for healthcare executives in India.

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