In addition to our regional offices in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S., HCWH has a set of strategic partnerships with organizations who represent our interests in a number of countries. These organizations generally lead the development and implementation of HCWH-related work in their country, including our Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network and the Healthy Energy Initiative, while also participating in international program development.
- Climate and Health Alliance (Australia)
- Projecto Hospitais Saudáveis (Brazil)
- Rock Environment and Energy Institute (China)
- Public Health Foundation of India (India)
- Healthcare Foundation of Nepal (Nepal)
- groundWork (South Africa)
The Climate and Health Alliance was established in August 2010 and is a coalition of health care stakeholders who wish to see the threat to human health from climate change and ecological degradation addressed through prompt policy action. This commitment is based on the understanding that further global warming poses grave risks to human health and biodiversity and if left unchecked, threatens the future of human civilisation.
The impetus for the establishment of the Alliance was the call from the May 2009 issue of the international medical journal The Lancet calling for a public health movement that frames the threat of climate change for humankind as a health issue.
CAHA’s members recognise that health care stakeholders have a particular responsibility to the community in advocating for public policy that will promote and protect human health. The Alliance aims to contribute to the development and implementation of evidence based public policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the health of the community.
Projeto Hospitais Saudáveiis (PHS) is a nonprofit association dedicated to transforming the health sector at an example to the whole society in aspects of environmental protection and health of the worker, the patient and the general population.
PHS members include health professionals, institutions providing services, educational institutions and health research, civil society
PHS works to develop and support a network of cooperation, based on the commitment of health institutions in the country, as well as professionals of all categories that operate in the Brazilian health system is. In addition to the health care sector, the PHS works in partnership with professional organizations, trade unions and industry, education and research institutes and government agencies. Visit website
Rock Environment & Energy Institute (REEI) aims to provide research support for NGOs and corporations. They focus on such environmental and energy issues as climate change, energy policy, air pollution, carbon market, and municipal solid waste management. Their mission is to be an independent think tank in pursuit of justice and sustainability.
Besides training villagers in the science of pollution, the Community Environmental Monitoring (CEM) initiative seeks to involve villagers in the fight against pollution by engaging them in environmental and health monitoring, and sustainable livelihood activities.
CEM is as much about the community as it is about the environment. CEM sees political empowerment and the right to make informed decisions about development as key to success in the struggle against environmental casteism and discrimination. While local self-help is an emphasis, CEM's philosophy also hinges on holding corporations and polluters accountable. Visit website
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a public private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and international academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. PHFI is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health.
Structured as an independent foundation, PHFI adopts a broad, integrative approach to public health, tailoring its endeavours to Indian conditions and bearing relevance to countries facing similar challenges and concerns. The PHFI focuses on broad dimensions of public health that encompass promotive, preventive and therapeutic services, many of which are frequently lost sight of in policy planning as well as in popular understanding. Visit website
Healthcare Foundation-Nepal sponsors and promotes:
• National Kidney Center (NKC)
• National Ambulance Center
• Nagarkot Community Health Center
• Preventative healthcare
• Medical waste management
• Disaster management
groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in Southern Africa in the areas of Climate & Energy Justice, Coal, Environmental Health, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Waste.
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 website
Health Care Without Harm also works in partnership with international organizations around the globe.
- World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)
- United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
- World Health Organization
- Global Climate and Health Alliance
The WFPHA is an international, nongovernmental organization composed of over 100 association’s member, mostly multidisciplinary national public health associations, and representing around 1 million public health professionals worldwide. It is the only worldwide professional society representing and serving the broad field of public health. WFPHA’s mission is to promote and protect global public health. It does this throughout the world by supporting the establishment and organizational development of public health associations and societies of public health, through facilitating and supporting the exchange of information, knowledge and the transfer of skills and resources, and through promoting and undertaking advocacy for public policies, programs and practices that will result in a healthy and productive world. Visit website
UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. It helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas: Sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding, and climate and disaster resilience. In all their activities, they encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable. Visit website
WHO’s goal is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO staff works side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people. Together, they strive to combat diseases – infectious diseases like influenza and HIV and non-communicable ones like cancer and heart disease. It helps mothers and children survive and thrive so they can look forward to a healthy old age. It ensures the safety of the air people breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink – and the medicines and vaccines they need. Visit website
The Global Climate and Health Alliance was formed in Durban in 2011 to tackle climate change and to protect and promote public health. The Alliance is made up of health and development organizations from around the world united by a shared vision of an equitable, sustainable future. Its vision is a world in which the health impacts of climate change are kept to a minimum, and the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation are maximized. Visit website