Plenary session 2: Net zero in healthcare: Debunking the myths

  • Sustainability


Wednesday 11 September


Session description:

Climate change has a direct and increasingly damaging impact on both the health of communities and healthcare delivery. Luckily, the healthcare sector has many opportunities to reduce its negative environmental impact while contributing to better health for all.

If we want to reach key decarbonization and sustainable development goals by 2030, all hospitals must act and get started on this journey. Yet, amidst the urgency to achieve this, many hospitals find themselves discouraged by misconceptions and barriers. In this plenary session, we embark on a journey to debunk the myths and dismantle the barriers related to low-carbon, resilient, and sustainable healthcare, such as data and cost-related issues.

Our compelling speakers will address one myth each and present their case study as an illustration. The presentations will be followed by an engaging discussion, and then seize this opportunity to delve deeper through a Q&A session.

Chair: Dr Toseef Din, CEO, M.P. Shah Hospital, Kenya 

  • Sustainability


Wednesday 11 September


Chair and Speakers

Dr Toseef Din

CEO, M.P. Shah Hospital, Kenya

Toseef Din is a dynamic leader driven by a profound personal vision: to integrate spiritual consciousness and professionalism into every facet of her life. As the Chief Executive Officer of M.P. Shah Hospital, Toseef has distinguished herself as a trailblazer in healthcare management – earning accolades such as the Top 40 under 40 Africa Award for Health and Wellness in 2022, and recognition as one of the 30 most inspirational African Muslim women.

With over two decades of experience in finance and healthcare, Toseef is adept at navigating complex market conditions, fostering sustainability, and driving growth. Her educational journey, which includes qualifications in ACCA, CPA(K), a Bachelor’s in Applied Accounting and a Master’s in Financial Management, reflects her relentless pursuit of excellence. Currently pursuing a PhD in Business and Management, Toseef embodies a commitment to lifelong learning and personal development.

Toseef’s leadership extends beyond the boardroom, grounded in a deep sense of responsibility to both her community and the environment. She pioneered the ‘Go Green’ Initiative at M.P. Shah Hospital in 2019, recognizing the interconnectedness of climate and health crises. Through initiatives like Green365, partnering with Africa Collect for textile recycling, launching ‘stash the trash’ campaigns, and implementing paperless systems, Toseef has fostered a culture of environmental stewardship within her organization.

Toseef is dedicated to leaving a lasting, positive impact on both individuals and the planet. As she takes the helm of the net-zero session in healthcare, her multifaceted expertise and unwavering commitment to sustainability promise to inspire meaningful change.

Mr Rashid Khalani

CEO, Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya

Rashid Khalani is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan University Hospital – a position he has held since February 2022. Previously, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of the hospital.

A finance and business professional by training, Mr Khalani has had a long and distinguished career with the Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Development Network for close to 20 years. In that period, he has held various positions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tanzania, and Kenya.

Mr Khalani holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has also completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Adaptive Leadership programme.

Mr Vital Ribeiro

President of the Board, Healthy Hospitals Project, Brazil

Mr Vital Ribeiro is the President of the Board of the Brazilian non-governmental organization called Projeto Hospitais Saudáveis or the Healthy Hospitals Project, which brings together more than 450 healthcare organizations in Brazil and is the focal point of the international organization “Health Care Without Harm” and the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network.

Vital has worked for 35 years in solid waste and environmental management and for the last 15 years in climate change, energy and sustainable procurement in the health sector. He is an Architect and Urban Planner and the Hospital and Health Systems Administrator as well of Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getulio Vargas (EAESP-FGV) or the Center of Excellence in Retail.

Since 1987, he has worked at the Environmental Health Department of the São Paulo State Health Secretariat – coordinating the Health Services Waste Management Program and implementing the State Climate Change Policy for the health sector.

He holds a Master in Business Administration from EAESP-FGV, with research in healthcare, climate change, environmental and sustainability management. Vital also worked as a consultant for ANVISA, UNESCO, Ministry of Health, PAHO, and Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He is a visiting or regular professor on graduate and postgraduate courses.

Prof. Nick Watts

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Nick Watts MBBS, MA, BMedSci, FFPH is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Medicine, leading NUS’s efforts to accelerate the transition to net zero and resilient healthcare systems across the world.

Prior to NUS, he worked as the Chief Sustainability Officer for the NHS in the UK, where he spearheaded their efforts to deliver low-carbon healthcare – leading the Greener NHS team with a budget of almost S$1 billion. He is a medical doctor, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Public Health, and has worked as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and as the Founder of the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.