International Collaboration

International Institutions

In February 2013 the WHO Executive Board, at its 132nd session, informed that they had decided to maintain the International Hospital Federation in official relations with the World Health Organization. In making its decision, the Board commended the continuing dedication of the organization we represent in support of the work of WHO.

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

The Global Health Workforce Alliance (The Alliance) was created in 2006 as a common platform for action to address the crisis. The Alliance is a partnership of national governments, civil society, international agencies, finance institutions, researchers, educators and professional associations dedicated to identifying, implementing and advocating for solutions

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is a gateway for UN partnership and participation. It is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance economic, social and environmental development. It is the central platform for fostering debate, following-up major UN conferences and summits, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals among policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, foundations, businesses, youth and non-governmental organisations. It supports the work of the Committee on NGOs, the intergovernmental body responsible for granting consultative status with ECOSOC to non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

International NGOs

The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it employs some 12,000 people in 80 countries; it is financed mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
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ISQua is The International Society for Quality in Health Care. We are a global organisation and our origins date back to 1985.

ISQua’s mission is to: Inspire, promote and support continuous improvement in the safety and quality of health care worldwide.

We achieve this in two ways: through anetwork that spans 100 countries and five continents; and through the ISQua education programme which supports our objective of continuous improvement.

The ISQua Fellowship Programme is a ‘learner led’ programme that encourages participants to avail themselves of a range of learning opportunities that already exist, such as conferences; and to undertake opportunities, created by ISQua, such as webinars, case studies, debates and e-learning modules.

Each month we host a live webinar with a leader in the healthcare field. Each webinar ends with a Q&A session. Registration is open to all participants. ISQua Fellowship candidates received 2 credits for each webinar attended.

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Future webinars
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IAPO is a unique global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare around the world.

Our members are patients’ organizations working at the international,regional, national and local levels to represent and support patients,their families and carers. A patient is a person with any chronicdisease, illness, syndrome, impairment or disability.
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The World Health Professions Alliance brings together the global organizations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians. WHPA works to improve global health and quality of patient care and facilitates collaboration among the health professions and major stakeholders .
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The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH Network) was initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the 90’ies, and today the HPH Network is a legal entity with more than 950 member hospitals and health services globally. The HPH Network is a “network of networks” with more than 40 National/Regional HPH Networks collaborating on improving the health gain for patients, staff and community.In regions or countries without a National/Regional HPH Network, hospitals and health services areinvited to join the HPH Network as individual HPH members.

The HPH Network’ objective is to provide leadership on matters critical to health promotion in hospitals and health services and engaging in partnership where joint action is needed. The HPH Network offers technical support; catalyses change and build sustainable institutional capacity.

In December 2010 the HPH Network signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the WHO. The document serves as a framework for collaboration, and it forms basis for strategic and detailed actions taking place in the HPH Network.

The WHO collaborations are a key priority for HPH, and among the core elements are WHO’s Health 2020 and synergies with other WHO Networks. The connection and collaboration between WHO and HPH is evident and will be developed for the benefit of patients, staff and communities all over the world for years to come.

A significant part of the HPH Network is the WHO HPH Standards for health promotion in hospitals. Healthpromotion is a core quality issue for improving health and sustaining quality of life and a work group under the HPH Network and WHO have formulated five core standards applicable to all hospitals:

Read more about the HPH Network at the HPH website:
Information on annual international HPH conferences:
Bi-monthly HPH Newsletter: