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Collaboration with other stakeholders helps us to respond to the increasing complexity of the healthcare environment.
With our headquarters in “International Geneva”, we have built strong working relationships with a range of influential partners. This unique ecosystem brings international organizations, NGOs, and permanent missions together to respond to global challenges.
Working with our partners, we can advocate for the issues that are most important to our members. We collaborate on research, papers, events, and more – giving our members the opportunity to participate in high profile, international projects.
The IHF is recognized with Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the gateway for UN partnership and participation. This status provides the opportunity for us to access both ECOSOC and its many subsidiary bodies, including other United Nations Agencies, meetings and special events.
World Health Organization
The IHF is also recognized as a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and, as such, we have been involved in many projects and initiatives together. We have also been able to provide opportunities for our members to be directly involved over the years.
Being in official relations enable us to take part in official WHO meetings, including the Executive Board and the World Health Assembly. We are invited to provide the expertise and the “point of view” of hospitals in dedicated joint works and consultations (e.g., hospital safety, universal health coverage, hospital resilience and preparedness, the hospital of the future, human resources for health). We also have beneficial collaborative relations with the Regional Offices of the WHO.
International Committee of the Red Cross
The IHF has worked in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for many years. Collaborations have included joint statements, pledges, resolutions, and reports.
Since 2015, the IHF has been part of the ICRC's Health Care in Danger initiative to support global and national efforts aimed at ensuring safe access to healthcare services in times of armed conflict and other emergencies, and specifically at improving the safety of healthcare facilities. With the ICRC, as well as the International Council of Nurses and the World Medical Association, the IHF published findings of a joint survey about the perceptions of violence against healthcare during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify good practices implemented in prevention, reduction or mitigation of violence.
Other global organizations
The IHF collaborates with many other international organizations on projects directly related to our areas of expertise, such as: the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Economic Forum, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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Dr Kim Trust Fund
Through a generous donation from Dr Kwang Tae Kim (former President, and Honorary Member of the IHF), we established the Dr Kim Trust Fund in 2021. Grants from this fund support membership from low- and lower-middle income countries, as well as participation in our programmes, such as Young Executive Leaders.
Any individuals and organizations are welcome to contribute to the Trust Fund.How to donate