As of 31st December 2018, HELP has a total of 56 individual members bringing in a diverse group of hospitals, health associations, medical colleges and physicians.
Currently the platform represents more than 7300 healthcare institutions, and 30,000 physicians.
All the 56 members are also members of the GGHH (Global Green and Healthy Hospitals). GGHH network which has more than 1,150 members in 55 countries representing the interests of over 36,000 hospitals and health centres.
HELP established the Hospital Air Quality network in 2018
HELP will be co-hosting HELP-AHPI Green Awards at the AHPI Global Conclave, 2019
In 2018, eight case studies were documented, of which five were published on different aspects of waste management, energy conservation and water recycling.
- On-site dry food waste management to reduce the waste load to municipal dump site at HBT Medical College and Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai. Reduced dry food waste load on the landfill site by 35 MT annually that generates vermi-compost used for campus plantations.
- On-site food waste management to reduce the waste load on municipal dump site at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital. Reduced food waste load on the landfill site by 168 MT annually that generates vermi-compost used for campus plantations.
- A solar Energy Initiative to reduce energy cost and carbon emission by HBT Medical College and Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital, Mumbai; Installed a solar water heating system of 18000 litres per day capacity that saves $37500 and 270 MT of CO2 emissions annually.
- A solar energy initiative to avail financial and environmental benefits at Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi; Installed solar photovoltaic power plant that saves around $ 4314 and around 25 tonnes of CO2 emission per month.
- Green and Clean Policy adopted by National Institute of Opthalmology Super Speciality Eye Clinic, Pune to reduce energy, water and carbon footprint of the hospital; Hospital building is designed to capture maximum natural light and have also installed LED lights. They regulate paper waste generated in the campus and monitor water consumption through installation of water meter.
- H.E.L.P has established a network of low-cost air quality monitors in tier 2 and tier 3 cities.
- The initiative is aimed at mobilizing the healthcare sector to establish air pollution monitoring capacity in cities where little to none exist. Installations are to take place in phases where phase 1 cities have been completed in 2018.
- This included installation of TV screens along with the monitors to display air quality data in the common areas of hospital building such as reception, waiting areas etc.
- Apart from the data displayed on TV screens, a brief set of advisory on health impacts of air pollution through small IEC material is also designed to be displayed for general patient awareness and understanding.
- The IEC material is developed in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu languages for greater regional outreach.
- Six monitors have been installed in Phase 1 in Gurgaon, Bareilly, Dhanbad, Kochi, Coimbatore and Guntur. The rest of the proposed sites will be completed before April '19.
- Our partner organisations have also installed monitors in Chennai and Korba.
Understanding the Perspective of Health Practitioners
At present, in India, an understanding of doctor’s approach and capabilities around the issue of air pollution are mostly anecdotal. Such existing anecdotal understanding does not help us to conclusively say how far aware or prepared Indian doctors are in the context of health impact of air pollution. In order to address this gap we intend to carry out a short term research study titled ‘Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Health Practitioners towards Health Effects of Air Pollution from Secondary and Tertiary cities in India’. Through this research we aim to understand doctor’s awareness, capabilities and preparedness vis-à-vis air pollution.
Objective: To understand the knowledge and awareness of doctors about the health impacts of air pollution, their communication on air pollution to their patients, does air pollution feature as a priority within the health community?
Method: Key informant interviews with Cardiologists, Pulmonologists, Pediatricians and General Physicians.
- Air pollution is not a universal concern.
- Air Pollution is Defined Exclusively from the Domain of Respiratory Diseases.
- Geographical Location or Demographic Details do not Determine Awareness.
- Awareness about the Gap
Research sites: Kochi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Raipur