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South Africa | Do Hospitals Do More Harm than Good?

Posted on: 10 April 2016

By Luqman Yesufu, GGHH Coordinator in South Africa, groundWork

The members of the Global Green and Healthy Hospital network aim to ensure that they do no harm while providing health services. The prevention of illness, injury and disease is an essential part of healthcare. We engage in healthy life style habits such as exercising and not smoking to prevent obesity and lung cancer. We vaccinate our children regularly to stimulate immunity and thus protect them from disease. We educate young boys and girls in order to promote safe sex and thus prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. On the basis of this, there is remarkable evidence to show that prevention works better than treating a disease. If this is the case, the health care sector must lead by example by engaging in more sustainable practices that are aimed at preventing disease and promoting good health without compromising patient care and safety. Read more

South Africa | GGHH Members Host the Community Planning Meeting

Posted on: March 28, 2017

GGHH members from South Africa met on February 21st and 22nd in Pietermaritzburg to discuss achievements in their work towards GGHH Goals on energy, waste, water and pharmaceuticals. They also reviewed key highlights and challenges in 2016 and plans for joint work for 2017. The meeting was organized by groundWork, Health Care Without Harm’s strategic partner in South Africa. Read more

Webinar | Sustainable Solutions to Health Care Waste Management: African Perspective

Posted on: 10 March 2017

GGHH members in South Africa will be hosting a series of webinars to showcase their work. Join the first of these webinars to learn how members are implementing environmentally sound waste management practices. Participants will also discuss how hospitals can protect public health by reducing the volume and toxicity of waste produced, while implementing the most environmentally sound waste management and disposal options. Read more

South Africa | Global Green and Healthy Hospitals' Members Exchange

Posted on: 6 December 2016

By Luqman Yesufu, GGHH Coordinator in South Africa, groundWork

Recruiting health institutions in Africa into the Global Green and Healthy Hospital (GGHH) network is one thing, but actually organizing a regional event for the GGHH network that will have a global outreach is a challenging task, to put it mildly. I actually had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I was confident that I would see this through because I had the groundWork and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) team behind me. Read more

South Africa | Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Member Exchange

Posted on: December 1, 2016

On November 23rd and 24th, GGHH members in South Africa from the provinces of Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal came together to share their experiences, strategies, and approaches to sustainable health care with one another. Read more

South Africa | Zero Mercury Plans

Posted on: 24 November 2016

Source: groundWork

Zero Mercury is the goal, as the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in collaboration with the Africa Institute plans its Global Environment Facility(GEF) funded Mercury Initial Assessment Project (MIA). This effort together with DEA’s Mercury inventory and cost benefit analysis project and the recent National Consultative Workshop on mercury added products (MAPS), are the first steps government, private sector and NGOs are taking towards the ratification and subsequent implementation of the Minamata Convention. Read more

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groundWork South Africa

groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organisation in South Africa. groundWork seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable people in South Africa, and increasingly in Southern Africa, through assisting civil society to have a greater impact on environmental governance..

groundWork places particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable and previously disadvantaged people who are most affected by environmental injustices. Visit web