Future of hospitals and health systems

For people, places, and planet

A collaborative initiative to support a transformational agenda for hospitals and health systems in low resources settings.

Coming together for communities, patients, and healthcare professionals in vulnerable contexts

The initiative will concentrate action on settings where hospitals and health systems have low resources.

The IHF provides our members with a platform for knowledge exchange and networking with different actors in the health sector. Motivated by a shared commitment to well-managed hospitals, our members act together to improve the standard, quality, and level of healthcare service delivery. The IHF's Geneva Sustainability Centre supports hospitals and healthcare services to address the sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow, working with and for the communities they serve. The impact on quality of life, resilience, and the wellbeing of communities will improve health for all.

In collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the Future of hospitals and health systems initiative will map existing tools and gaps and organize different sessions and technical exchanges to build knowledge, share best practices, and address the themes with the aim of ensuring fit-for-future hospitals and health systems. The initiative’s work programme and actions will focus on settings with lower resources (financial, human, technical).

In 2024, we will host a series of interactive technical exchanges to build knowledge, and share best practices to guide the activities of the Future of hospitals and health systems initiative. We welcome participation from: leaders and representatives of hospitals (public and private), professional associations, technical experts, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and civil society stakeholders.

Each session will explore action points around the five key themes:

  1. Hospitals and health systems workforce support and development.
  2. Resource mobilization and access to finance.
  3. Environmentally sustainable hospitals and health systems, focusing on low carbon, resilient and sustainable healthcare models.
  4. Quality of care provided by hospitals and their health systems.
  5. Governance and public-private partnerships to facilitate transformation.

Launching event on 6 June 2024, in Geneva and online

The first three topics will be explored during a hybrid launching event on 6 June. The event will be in English and French, with translation available. To register for the event:

  • For virtual participation, please register using this link.
  • For in-person attendance in Geneva, please register using this link. This event has limited capacity so please register early to secure a spot.

Please find the event programme here.

For more information, please contact Renzo Costa, Project Officer.

Panels – 6 June 2024

Keynote Opening Session (hybrid)

Keynote speakers will frame the day, provide context, and introduce strategic concepts around sustainability and integrated health care systems from operational and academic perspectives. Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Gijs Walraven, Director for Health AKDN.
Dr Relebohile Ncha, Chief Director: Hospitals and Tertiary Health Services, National Department of Health, South Africa.
Prof. Karl Blanchet, Director of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies and Professor in Humanitarian Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva.

Virtual Participation

Panel 1 (hybrid)

Human resources in hospitals and healthcare systems: Challenges and key models to face shortage and build new skills. Confirmed speakers include:

Pr Gabriel Ciss, Head of the cardio-vascular service of Public Hospital (CHU) Fann, Senegal;
Dr Xavier Raingeval, Anaesthetist and trainer, France;
Fely Marilyn Lorenzo, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education Technical Committee of the Nursing Education, International Council of Nurses, Philippines.

Moderator: Catherine Kane- Technical Officer, WHO.

Virtual participation

Panel 2 (hybrid)

Environmentally sustainable hospitals and health systems: Focus on low-carbon, resilient and sustainable healthcare models. Confirmed speakers include:

Mélanie Tarabbo, Medical desk leader, ALIMA (the Alliance for International Medical Action), France;
Jit Sohal, Regional Climate Manager, Health Care Without Harm Southeast Asia;
Dr Toseef Din, Chief Executive Officer, M. P. Shah Hospital, Kenya.

Moderator: Climate Action Accelerator

Virtual participation

Panel 3 (hybrid)

Investment and resource mobilization: Involving the financing community and exploring resource mobilization for health systems transformation. Confirmed speakers include:

Tata Sumirat, Team Leader, PTSMI, Indonesia.
Dr Lia Partakusuma, PERSI Hospital Association of Indonesia.
Marion Cros, Senior Economist, Health at World Bank Group.

Moderator: Thomas Kergall, Senior Technical Advisor for Health & Social Care at Council of Europe Development Bank.

Virtual participation