Corporate Social Responsibility

The very nature of SEHA’s work is inextricably linked to corporate social responsibility. In the same way that police forces, civil defense agencies, and the educational sector are inherently performing a community service, SEHA serves the populace in the same way by providing comprehensive healthcare facilities.

Nevertheless, SEHA is also engaged in specific corporate social responsibility projects that range from environmental care to blood donations.

All new hospitals coming on line are rated under the Estidama methodology for constructing and operating buildings and communities more sustainably. The program is a key aspect of the ‘Plan Abu Dhabi 2030’ drive to build the city according to innovative green standards. ‘Estidama’ is the Arabic word for sustainability.

During 2011, SEHA ran more than 700 blood drives and brought in more than 39,000 units of blood.

Waste Management
SEHA generates three kinds of waste and is committed to environmentally safe methods of recycling and disposal for all of them. Normal domestic waste is handled by the municipality and goes to landfills. (Recyclable domestic waste is now being collected separately.)

Medical waste is handled differently depending on where it is collected, either in the greater Abu Dhabi area or in Al Ain. Abu Dhabi medical waste is collected and bagged before transportation to a collection point and placed in isolated and sealed purpose-built containers, separate from any domestic waste.

Containers are taken to a treatment plant where the waste is discharged into a shredder. Everything is finely chopped up and granulated, reducing the volume by 80%. The residue is then sanitized using a disinfecting chemical before being dried and sterilized in an autoclave at 145°C for an hour. Only then can it be safely be removed and taken to a landfill.

Al Ain medical waste is handled differently only at the disposal stage. As in Abu Dhabi, the waste is collected separately and transported in sealed and secure containers to an industrial incinerator where it is burned at 1,000°C. This reduces the volume of the waste by 95%, leaving only sterile ash and sterile inert material that is then trucked to the municipal landfill for disposal.

During 2011, SEHA generated an average of 1.26 kg of waste per patient encounter, defined as total outpatient visits plus total inpatient days. The company’s waste disposal policy and practice – and its educational programs – are contributing to a reduction in the volumes of medical waste and demonstrate the benefits of recycling.