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Find Us at WHA

Dates: May 22 – May 28, 2022

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.


Instagram Live – The 75th WHA: What Is It & Why Does It Matter?

Wednesday May 18 at 12 pm ET, 6 pm CET

Join us on Wednesday at 12pm EST on Instagram for a live fireside chat with Ruth Ngechu, our Global Engagement Director, and Susan BrownWomen in Global Health‘s Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, who will discuss the importance of the #WorldHealthAssembly at a global level, as well as for their local context of Kenya and Geneva, and the importance of having women, youth, and marginalized populations at the decision-making table.


Pushing the Needle on Women’s Health

Monday, May 23 at 10 am ET, 4 pm CEST

Join Pathfinder International, What to Expect Project, and Global Health Council for a roundtable discussion on what’s next on the agenda for improving maternal, newborn, and child health—including leveraging innovations in digital health to reach more families in the ongoing COVID-19 landscape. Together, we’ll foster a conversation on opportunities for engaging with WHO on family health, plans for the upcoming year, and linkages to other key issues on the WHA75 agenda. REGISTER >>


Pan-African Multilateral Partnership on Climate Change and Health  (Side Event)

Monday, May 23 at 11:30 am ET, 17:30 CET

The side event aims to bring together multiple countries in Africa to generate high level conversation, debate and political solutions to boost progress in the global efforts to adapt and mitigate against climate change effects on universal health coverage with women and youth at the centre. REGISTER >>

Devex at WHA75

Wednesday, May 25 at Livestream: 1 pm CET, 7 am ET | In Person: 4 pm CET

Devex will host a one-day, hybrid event (yes, we’ll have an in-person event) in Geneva, Switzerland on May 25, 2022, accompanied by an online broadcast to bring you exclusive interviews, expert analysis, and insider coverage of the week’s most important conversations.

The past two years have proven that the world needs to be more prepared for the next pandemic, even as the response to COVID-19 has bolstered preparedness through the birth of new initiatives, interest in the creation of new institutions, and debate on how to change what has long been the status quo. This year governments will convene at the 75th World Health Assembly to discuss details surrounding new pandemic preparedness instruments, while the matter of ending the current pandemic remains high on the agenda. REGISTER >>


Achieving UHC: Catalytic Partnerships to Strengthen Health Systems

Wednesday, May 25 at 9 am ET

UHC will not be achieved without a significant change in how health care is delivered. The current facility-based system cannot be expanded sufficiently to achieve health for all. Digitization and innovations have been made possible through government partnerships with other non-state actors. Leveraging these partnerships to strengthen national health information and surveillance systems, and empower communities to effectively detect and respond to epidemics and other health emergencies has great potential for improving public health globally.

This session aims to challenge global health players including governments, donors, health practitioners, and advocates to sustain a sharp focus on strengthening PHC systems. To ground the conversation, the session will tap country experience in ensuring service continuity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the supportive digital tools needed,  the role of civil society partnerships in strengthening health systems, and understanding health systems strengthening from a donor perspective. REGISTER >>


Instagram Live – Behind the Scenes: Live from Geneva

Thursday, May 26 at 12 pm ET, 6:00 pm CET

Join us on Instagram Live, where Crystal Lander, Chief Strategic Officer from Pathfinder International, and Magda Robalo, Chief Managing Director from Women in Global Health, will give us a sneak peek behind the scenes at WHA75 and discuss what they’ve experienced on the ground in Geneva this week.