In line with their mission to improve the health of people, hospitals are more and more concerned by the impact of environmental factors on health and quality of life. For this reason, since 2009 HOPE has been investigating the influence of EU environment policy on hospitals and identifying good practices in energy performances in hospitals.
HOPE report “Does EU environment policy influence hospitals and public health?”
In 2009, with the collaboration of Ms. Rieke Schulz, trainee from Maastricht University, HOPE published the report “Does EU environment policy influence hospitals and public health?” which explores the potential impact of EU environment policy on health and hospitals and identifies good practices hospitals have implemented to improve their energy performance.
HOPE was involved in a project on the topic of donation of medical equipment. In several EU Member States, medical equipment donations are part of a strategy to improve the quality of care in developing countries. The project helped improve supply of services to donation actors, as well as of resources for information and training: documentary, training campaigns, technical and methodological support, thematic groups, discussion forum and an international conference.
Collaboration with other Networks
HOPE collaborates with Health Care Without Harm Europe (www.noharm.org/europe), an international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, health-affected constituencies, labor unions, environmental and health organizations and religious groups.
Its mission is to transform the health care sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment.