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European Healthcare Design 2024

A different kind of public-private partnership in the health sector

By SALUS User Experience Team 03 Jul 2024 0

This keynote session will present the story of Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s Global Health Initiative and the role that philanthropy, more broadly, can play in future health projects.


For over 25 years, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s (SNF) approach to empowering humanity has guided more than 5400 grants totalling $3.7 billion to nonprofit organisations in 134 countries. At the heart of SNF’s grantmaking is its $1 billion Global Health Initiative (GHI), which aims to improve access to quality healthcare for all and empower frontline providers.

Since 2017, the GHI has grown to encompass more than 50 projects in Greece and worldwide, ranging from the design, construction, and outfitting of three new hospitals in Greece, to new medical training programmes, procurement of state-of-the-art equipment, pioneering mental health initiatives, and a suite of collaborations that capitalise on international expertise to strengthen healthcare infrastructure and capacity across the world.

Delivered through private philanthropy, in a public-private partnership underpinned by a common vision shared with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Hellenic Republic, three new state-of-the art public hospitals are being built in geographic peripheries of Greece and will offer equitable quality medical care for all. The three hospitals seek to help establish a new standard in public healthcare – one that is baked into their design and clinical and operational planning.