Outreach and partnerships

We provide the voice of hospitals in initiatives, research and joint statements with other global institutions and NGOs

International Geneva

“International Geneva” is the label used by the city to describe a unique ecosystem where international organizations, NGOs and permanent missions, amongst others, work together in response to global challenges.

Partnership working

Taking action together on what matters to our members

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We recognize the importance of collaboration with other stakeholders to respond to the increasing complexity of the healthcare environment. By implementing partnership collaborations, we can carry out our work more effectively and find creative solutions to support our members facing a variety of challenges.

Our Partners
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States are represented by permanent missions in Geneva


International organizations are based in Geneva


Non-governmental organizations have their headquarters in Geneva


Concern for safety of healthcare in Sudan

Recent reports of attacks on healthcare facilities in Sudan are deeply concerning. Health facilities and their workers are never to be targeted during armed conflicts. Attacks on hospitals, healthcare workers, and ambulances are not acceptable – no matter the context, no matter the reason. We stand with our partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in asking that international humanitarian law be respected. Healthcare is #NotATarget.

The IHF stands with hospitals during conflict

Attacks on hospitals, healthcare workers, and ambulances are not acceptable. No matter the context. No matter the reasons. It is a violation of International Humanitarian Law, and we firmly stand against it.

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Carbon challenge of healthcare: IHF partners in action

At the 45th World Hospital Congress, an IHF partners' workshop focused on net zero, climate resilient, and sustainable healthcare. Attendees learned and exchanged on concrete ways of delivering net zero in a hospital or healthcare setting.
This tabletop exercise was led by The Joint Commission, and chaired by their President and CEO, Dr Jonathan B. Perlin. Invited participants came from IHF partner organizations including the World Economic Forum, WONCA and ISQua.

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Addressing climate change as an integral part of healthcare delivery

We join our voice with those recognizing the impact of the healthcare sector on the environment and human health. We equally recognize that good leadership is paramount to drive the organizational changes which will generate positive impact for the generations to come.
This statement illustrates the conviction of IHF Members that every hospital and healthcare organization has a role to play in its community in addressing the sustainability challenges. We also consider it as the starting point of our long-term engagement to take action on climate change.
Through our newly established Geneva Sustainability Centre, we are committed to responding to your needs and to equipping current and future hospital leaders with the required information, tools and skills.

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The role of national hospital associations in health system governance before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

Findings from an exploratory online survey; a collaboration between the IHF and World Health Organization

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News and insights

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Environmentally-sustainable hospitals and their role in climate action (WHO/EMRO event)

On 22 June 2023, the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO/EMRO) held a discussion on climate...

Navigating Net Zero – an overview of the Geneva Sustainability Study Tour for Polish Hospital Executives

On  1–2 May 2023, the IHF’s Geneva Sustainability Centre was pleased to welcome the Polish Hospital Federation (PFSz) for a...

Key takeaways on cyberattacks on healthcare

Hospitals hold critical and valuable information such as patient data and financial information, as well as cutting-edge research and innovation....

Practical solutions on staff retention in healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of health and care workers and the need to retain a healthy, engaged...