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Aiming for net-zero health operations: Approaches and interim results of the Aga Khan Health Services

LSHTM Planetary Health Week 2021

From 19 to 23 April, the Planetary Health Network is organising the LSHTM Planetary Health Week.

LSHTM Planetary Health Week aims to engage the LSHTM community in all things planetary health. We will explore solutions to the climate crisis and showcase ongoing planetary health research at LSHTM. LSHTM Planetary Health Week is organised by the Planetary Health Network, supported by LSHTM Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health.

Aiming for net-zero health operations: Approaches and interim results of the Aga Khan Health Services

Evidence of the health sector’s significant contribution to carbon emissions is relatively new. Thus far, most of the data has been generated from wealthier countries and dependent upon the engagement of specialist sustainability consultants.  

In this talk, Fawzia Rasheed describes initiatives within the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) where regular staff members are being trained to examine and respond to their carbon footprint. Interim results and emerging opportunities towards their net-zero ambitions are covered. The benefits of hands-on engagement by health professionals and their potential leadership on this agenda will be reflected upon, too. AKHS is a not-for-profit organisation with nearly 400 health facilities and hospitals in eight countries: Afghanistan, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Syria, Tajikistan, and Tanzania.

This talk is aimed at anyone interested in planetary health and the sustainability of health care systems. It will include a presentation from the speaker followed by Q&A. This event will be chaired by Dr Penny Murage

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Fawzia Rasheed: Following PhD studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and a period as a research scientist, Fawzia moved into health policy and programme design. She served as Policy Advisor for an alliance of 16 ministries of health: and as Senior Policy Advisor for the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS. She has supported several organisations with programme and institutional reforms and worked with Heads of State and Ministers on health-related advocacy/negotiations. She joined the Aga Khan Development Network as Senior Advisor to the Director of Health in 2015 and leads efforts on climate and the environment for the Aga Khan Health Services. Fawzia is also a Board member of BRAC Global, Founder Member of Amplify Change and Professor of Practice for BRAC’s JPG School of Public Health, BRAC University. 

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