ISSA Webinar: Social security, health care and environmental protection

13 April 2022 | Virtual

ISSA Webinar: Social security, health care and environmental protection

13 April 2022 | Virtual

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 09:30–12:30 (UTC/GMT+2 or CEST)

Languages: Simultaneous interpretation in English, French, German and Spanish (Simultaneous interpretation – Frequently asked questions)

Environmental sustainability is an important consideration in a rapidly changing health care context. Health care practitioners and health insurance institutions serve to protect and improve public health. However, they can do more to reduce negative environmental effects impacting human well-being. The health care sector contributes to considerable waste production. Therefore, health care management and staff have an active role to play in promoting and ensuring patient safety, while practicing environmental stewardship.

To address these issues, institutions should consider the following:

  • the impact of health care provision on the environment (waste production, energy consumption);
  • how health care providers and health insurance institutions consider the environmental aspect in prevention, information, awareness-raising, and the exposure of their patients to certain health and climate-change risks.

Join us for this ISSA Webinar that will offer the opportunity to reflect on innovative measures taken to ensure environmental sustainability in the health care sector, including country experiences.


Ali Ghufron Mukti Ali Ghufron Mukti, President Director, Social Security Administering Body for the Health Sector (BPJS Kesehatan), Indonesia and Chair of the ISSA Technical Commission on Medical Care and Sickness Insurance
Claire Traon Claire Traon, Deputy Director, Health Professions Department, National Sickness Insurance Fund (CNAM), France
Johannes Eisenbarth Johannes Eisenbarth, Policy Officer, European and International Affairs, National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds (GKV Spitzenverband), Germany
Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Head, Climate Change and Health Unit, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization (WHO)
Sarah Ouanhnon Sarah Ouanhnon, Senior Net Zero Delivery Lead, Greener National Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHS), United Kingdom
Fiona Hanley Fiona Hanley, Professor, Nursing Faculty, Dawson College and Mc Gill University, Canada
Linda Varangu Linda Varangu, Senior Advisor on Climate Change, Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, Canada
Daniel Eriksson Daniel Eriksson, Director, Nordic Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (NCSH), Sweden
François Perl François Perl, Director of Public Affairs, Studies and Advocacy, National Union of Socialist Mutual Benefit Societies (Solidaris), Belgium

This webinar will examine the following questions:

  • How to reduce the negative impact of health care provision on human well-being and the environment, reducing the ecological footprint?
  • How to develop social protection and health systems that take into account climate change risks and ensure patient safety?
  • How can social security institutions contribute to ensure environmental-friendly care (processes, materials, energy)?
  • Which innovative measures are currently developed to protect the environment in health care provision and the health care industry?
  • What is next, considering the changing medical service provision in the context of the pandemic?


  • Welcome by Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano, Secretary General, International Social Security Association (ISSA)
  • Introduction by the Chair of the ISSA Technical Commission on Medical Care and Sickness Insurance
  • Case experience of the CNAM, France
  • Case experience of the GKV Spitzenverband, Germany
  • Expertise from the WHO
  • Case experience of NHS, United Kingdom
  • Case experience of Canada
  • Expertise from the NCSH, Sweden
  • Case experience of Solidaris, Belgium
  • Q&A – Discussion
  • Conclusions
Raúl Ruggia-FrickNathalie De Wulf Moderated by Raúl Ruggia-Frick, Director, Social Security Development Branch, and Nathalie De Wulf, Technical Officer in Social Security, ISSA

Practical information

The webinar is open to delegates of ISSA member organizations and invited institutions without registration fee.