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 are hosting a series of interactive technical exchanges to build knowledge, and share best practices to guide the activities of the 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 explores 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.

Launch event on 6 June 2024

Thank you to participants who joined us from around the world.

Please click here to find the recordings and an article about the event.

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 framed the day, provided context, and introduced strategic concepts around sustainability and integrated health care systems from operational and academic perspectives.

Agnès Soucat, Director of Health and Social Protection, AFD
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

Panel 1 (hybrid)

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

Prof. Gabriel Ciss, Head of the cardio-vascular service of Public Hospital (CHU) Fann, Senegal
Dr Xavier Raingeval, Anaesthetist and trainer, France
Dr Fely Marilyn Lorenzo, Retired professor, College of Public Health at the University of the Philippines; Former Project Director USAIDHRH2030
Aseel J Faraj MPH, Projects manager, Community Health, La Chaine de l’espoir, Jordan

Moderator: Catherine Kane, Technical Officer, WHO

Panel 2 (hybrid)

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

Mélanie Tarabbo, Operational Medical Manager, 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
Dr Juan Felipe Valencia Rios, General Director, SES University Hospital, Caldas, Colombia

Moderator: Bruno Jochum, Executive Director and founder, Climate Action Accelerator

Panel 3 (hybrid)

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

Tata Sumirat, Team Leader, PTSMI, Indonesia
Dr Lia Partakusuma, PERSI Hospital Association of Indonesia
Marion Cros, Senior Economist, Health at World Bank Group
Dr Ignacio Astorga, Health Lead Specialist, Inter American Development Bank, El Salvador

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