Events Around the 72nd World Health Assembly

From May 20-28, the 72nd World Health Assembly will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The annual event will bring together delegations from all World Health Organization Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the World Health Organization Executive Board. The events guide listed below is meant to serve as a resource to help navigate events before and during the World Health Assembly. This page is a living document and will be periodically updated. Events will be included at the UN Foundation’s discretion. Have questions or an event to add? Contact ghevents@unfoundation.org.

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List of Side-Events

May 17

8:30 -19:30: WHO, Civil Society, and “Non-State Actors”: How to Deal with a Difficult Relationship 

  • Sponsors: Geneva Global Health Hub
  • Location: WCC Building, Ecumenical Centre, Route des Morillons 1, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
  • Details: This full-day civil society workshop builds on a session on WHO governance at the civil society meeting in January 2019 and will focus on WHO governance process issues. The workshop is available for civil society organizations only (G2H2 members or by invitation). Register here.
May 18

9:00-10:45: G2H2 Annual Meeting

  • Sponsors: Geneva Global Health Hub | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Location: Ecumenical Centre (TBC) Route des Morillons 1, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
  • Details: Meeting page here.

11:00-16:00: Civil Society Perspectives on Selected Global Health Topics: 72nd World Health Assembly and Beyond

  • Sponsors: Geneva Global Health Hub | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Location: Ecumenical Centre (TBC) Route des Morillons 1, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
  • Details: Meeting page here.

16:15-17:45: Civil society perspectives on selected global health topics: From analysing and sharing to strategizing and cooperating

  • Sponsors: Geneva Global Health Hub | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Location: Ecumenical Centre (TBC) Route des Morillons 1, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland
  • Details: Meeting page here.
May 19

9:30 – 13:00: Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge

  • Sponsor: WHO and Partners
  • Location: Place des Nations | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details:  Join WHO, health partners, champion athletes and leading health advocates from around the world in Geneva for the second Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge physical activity event, starting at 9.30am at Place des Nations. Learn more.

14:30 – 18:00: Introduction to World Health Assembly 72 – A Briefing for Delegates

  • Sponsors: United Nations Foundation and Geneva Graduate Institute
  • Location: Maison de la Paix, Auditorium Ivan Pictet | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Networking Coffee 14:30 – 15:00, Program 15:00 -18:00 RSVP Here.

16:00 – 18:30: Addressing Barriers to Scaling and Access for Health Innovations in LMICs

  • Sponsors: Every Women Every Child Innovation Marketplace
  • Location: Room Méditerannée, Hotel InterContinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace will host an interactive and exciting private event alongside the World Health Assembly. This event will present the pathways to procurement and access for innovators through an engaging dialogue on the standards, processes, challenges and varying roles of partners in the procurement ecosystem.  RSVP Here.

17:00-19:00: Mental Health for All Reception        

  • Sponsors: United for Global Mental Health
  • Location: Restaurant Vieux-Bois, Ecole Hôtelière Genève 12, avenue de la Paix CH-1202 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This reception will celebrate the launch of a new country-led, globally united, mental health campaign. Speakers include campaigners with lived experience.

17:30 – 19:30: Accelerating the Development of a Pathbreaking Universal Drug Regimen to End TB

  • Sponsors: Center for Global Development and Office of Health Economics
  • Location: Terrace of the Woods Restaurant, Intercontinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This reception is an opportunity to learn about a proposed innovative approach to health financing while networking with other global health leaders. RSVP Here.

17:30 – 19:30: Women, Children and Adolescents: Ensuring their needs are met through Universal Health Coverage

  • Sponsors: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH)
  • Location: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Women, children and adolescents bear the greatest burden of ill health and preventable deaths. Prioritizing and meeting their needs for health care and financial protection is essential for achieving UHC.  Join PMNCH for a cocktail reception and discussion. RSVP Here.

18:00 – 20:00: How to Halve HIV Deaths

  • Sponsors: Unitaid
  • Location: Hotel President Wilson | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This high-level panel discussion and cocktail reception will focus on investments and actions needed to address opportunistic infections associated with HIV, which claim the lives of one million people a year and impede progress towards SDG 3.

18:30 – 21:00: Heroines of Health Reception and Dinner

  • Sponsors: Women in Global Health
  • Location: Hotel Warwick | Geneva, Switzerland
May 20

07:30 – 09:00: Ebola: Response Readiness for Future Outbreaks   

  • Sponsor: The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)
  • Location: Intercontinental Hotel Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) invites you to attend a side event during the WHA to discuss vaccines and vaccination strategies against Ebola, including in the context of the ongoing outbreak in DRC. RSVP Here.

08:00 – 10:00: Putting Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions at the Heart of UHC

  • Sponsor: Rabin Martin, Teva, Philips, Israeli Mission to the UN, and the NCD Alliance
  • Location: InterContinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This panel unpacks how UHC can be realized for patients with multiple chronic conditions and the challenges posed to providers and health systems. It will examine existing tools and resources such as generic medicines, lower-cost devices and enhanced technology to better coordinate care around the patient and facilitate better prevention, diagnosis, and adherence to care by patients with multiple chronic conditions. The panel will also explore needed partnerships and mechanisms to support patients within the framework of UHC.  RSVP Here.

08:30 – 10:00: Innovative Solutions to Support Quality and Safety of Health Products

  • Sponsor: Chemonics International
  • Location: Musée Ariana, 10 Avenue de la Paix | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: In parallel with the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Chemonics International is hosting a dialogue centered on innovative solutions to achieve quality assurance in global health supply chains. Our panelists will lead a discussion on ensuring the quality and safety of priority medicines through applications of technology such as the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) for climate monitoring of ambient health commodities, and innovative approaches such as quality standards that strengthen health systems. Together, we’ll explore case studies on protecting public health in Mozambique, Mauritania, and other sub-Saharan African countries. RSVP Here.

09:15 – 10:30: Global Health Security: Data for Epidemics           

  • Sponsor: World Economic Forum
  • Location: Hotel Intercontinental, Paris and Madrid Room | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Outbreaks are inevitable, but in the Fourth Industrial Revolution it is possible to mitigate the impact of outbreaks by harnessing AI and epidemic intelligence. During this consultation, WHO and the Forum community will shape EPI-BRAIN, a first-of-its -kind sustainable, shared, accessible and integrated data innovation ecosystem to reduce the impact of outbreaks through forecasting and predictive analytics. RSVP Here.

12:30 – 14:00: Technical Briefing: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All: a commitment to accelerating together

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room VII, Palais des Nations
  • Details:

12:30 – 14:00: Access to Medicines, Vaccines, and Health Products: A Multi-dimensional Approach for Ensuring Transparency of Markets, Affordable, and Quality Products to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

  • Sponsor: The governments of Costa Rica, Cyprus, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Vietnam
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 23 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

12:30 – 14:00: Primary Health Care towards Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sponsor: The governments of China, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, and Spain
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 7 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

12:30 – 14:00: Safe and Affordable Surgery

  • Sponsor: The governments of Fiji, Madives, and Tonga
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room XXII | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

14:00 – 16:00: Digital Natives Fight Fake Medicines

  • Sponsors: UCL School of Pharmacy and Fight the Fakes partners.
  • Location: Hotel InterContinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Falsified medicines pose a serious health threat for individuals around the world, no matter the country, age or gender. While protecting patient safety is of primary concern there are also hidden socioeconomic costs and consequences thus, fake medicines are an undeniable roadblock towards achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.  Join our dynamic panel discussion to learn more about how exciting tech startups and youth innovators are presenting new solutions and strategies of key importance for patients, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders in the fight against falsified medicines. RSVP Here.

15:30 – 17:30: Community and Civil Society Engagement for the Global Action Plan on SDG 3

  • Sponsors: Global Health Council, United Nations Foundation, Women Deliver, and partners.
  • Location: Geneva Press Club, Route de Ferney 106, 1202 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All represents an historic commitment to advancing collective action and accelerating progress towards the SDGs. Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the initiative unites the work of 12 leading global organizations active in health, and this event will provide community and civil society perspectives on how non-state actors can drive implementation and evaluation of the Global Action Plan, based on the framework and objectives established. RSVP Here.

18:00 – 19:30: Universal Health Coverage to Deliver the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health: Rethinking Quality Midwifery Education

  • Sponsor: The governments of Canada, Fiji, India, Malawi, Nepal, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 23 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

18:00 – 19:30: A Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030). Ideas and Propositions to Reach People and Build Healthy Societies

  • Sponsor: The governments of Chile and Finland
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room TBC | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

18:00 – 19:30: Experiences on Addressing NCDs Risk Factors and Determinants

  • Sponsor: The governments of Belize, Finland, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, and Uruguay
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room TBC | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

18:00 – 20:00: Adolescents: The Missing Population in Universal Health Coverage

  • Sponsor: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health
  • Location: The Vieux-Bois Restaurant | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details:This side-event aims to advance the global adolescent health agenda as an integral component of UHC and will focus on the latest evidence from Member States in their efforts to improve the health of adolescents. Experts will be invited to critically appraise the unique set of barriers that hinder adolescents’ access to health services and discuss evidence-based solutions. RSVP Here.

18:00 – 20:00: Rethinking Global Health: A Prerequisite for Achieving UHC

  • Sponsor: NCD Alliance
  • Location: Hotel InterContinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The NCD Alliance’s side event  will serve to inspire governments ahead of the negotiations for the UHC UN High-Level Meeting and answer a number of questions surrounding universal health coverage and global health priorities. Learn more and RSVP here.

18:00 – 21:00: Financing Sustainable Community Health for All: The Importance of Women Leaders

  • Sponsor: Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, Communities at the Heart of UHC, Living Goods, Last Mile Health, and the What to Expect Project
  • Location: Hotel InterContinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This side event will be an informal, interactive cocktail and networking reception on the role of community health workers and mechanisms to finance sustainable health systems in low- and middle-income countries. Learn more and RSVP here.

18:00 – 21:00: Financing Sustainable Community Health for All: The Importance of Women Leaders

  • Sponsor: Center for Global Health and Diplomacy and Communities
  • Location: Hotel Intercontinental Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Ministers of Health, development agency representatives, private investors and civil society will discuss how community health programs are a cost-effective solution for increasing access to healthcare by extending primary care services to rural and vulnerable populations. Participants will also discuss how engaging and empowering of female community health workers has impactfully transformed their communities by increasing productivity, health, security, education and general well-being. RSVP Here.
May 21

07:00–10:30: Globalization 4.0: Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare

  • Sponsor: World Economic Forum
  • Location: Hotel Intercontinental, Ballroom ABC
  • Details: For the past 50 years, the world has seen major improvements and progress in public health. However, progress has been uneven and unequal. In this breakfast session, participants will discuss how the onset of “Globalization 4.0” and a transformed global health architecture accelerate can deliver health and healthcare for the nearly 10 billion people in the planet by 2050. RSVP Here.

07:30 – 09:00: Technical Briefing on Emerging Technologies 

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room XII, Palais des Nations
  • Details:

07:30 – 09:00: Childhood Obesity and the Global Syndemic – A New Narrative for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet

  • Sponsor: World Obesity Federation, UNICEF, NCD Free, NCD Child, and EAT
  • Location: Restaurant Vieux-Bois | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This interactive breakfast side event will explore childhood obesity through the lens of the Global Syndemic of obesity, under nutrition and climate change. RSVP Here.

08:00–10:00:  No UHC without Dx

  • Sponsors: FIND, Government of Botswana, Government of Switzerland, McGill Global Health Programs, Global Health Center at the Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Location: Auditorium 2 Petal 2, Maison de la paix, the Graduate Institute Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2
  • Details: Join us for this dynamic session, where a globally renowned faculty including governments, implementers and funders will discuss why and how diagnostics are one of the most important – yet often overlooked – enablers of UHC. RSVP Here.

08:30 – 11:20: Symposium on Innovative Financing for Global NCDs: Catalyzing and Generating Political Buy-in for NCDs Financing and Advocacy and Diving Deeper into the Implementation Realities

  • Sponsor: Health Finance Institute
  • Location: The Graduate Institute, Maison de la Paix | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This symposium provides a unique opportunity to ensure that partners come together to bridge the sectoral and knowledge gaps, particularly those that are usually excluded from this space. Participants include Ministries and government entities, international organizations, academia, pharmaceutical and insurance sector, as well as private finance. RSVP here.

12:00 – 13:30: SRHR: An Essential Element to Achieving UHC and the SDGs

  • Sponsors: PMNCH, Government of Sweden, WHO/HRP, UNFPA and Every Woman Every Child
  • Location: Château de Penthes 18 Chemin de l’Impératrice, Espace Gallatin, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Come hear a panel of country experts discuss why and how UHC needs to prioritize SRHR interventions to fully meet the health needs of women, girls and adolescents. Also get a sneak preview of the “Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the Promise”, marking the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development. RSVP Here.

12:00 – 14:00: Precision Medicine: A Roadmap to Readiness

  • Sponsor: World Economic Forum
  • Location: Hotel Intercontinental
  • Details: Advancing precision medicine in an equitable and beneficial way means ensuring a more accessible and personalized approach to screening, diagnosing and treating disease. Identifying the capabilities that denote different tiers of precision medicine readiness is crucial to forming a roadmap by which policy-makers and others can assess their country’s health ecosystem, inform policy and guide sustainable development. This session will review and co-design the readiness roadmap for precision medicine. RSVP Here.

12:00 – 14:00: Every Breath Can Do Damage: The Urgency of Air Pollution Action

  • Sponsor: Vital Strategies and NCD Alliance
  • Location: Geneva Press Club, 106 Route de Ferney | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The event will focus on the urgent need to implement proven, cost-effective interventions to reduce air pollution. A guided discussion will look at the impact of air pollution on health, economies and development, while addressing how to promote evidence-based policies and make the investment case for reducing air pollution. Learn more and RSVP here.

12:30 – 14:00: Technical Briefing: Universal Health Coverage

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room XII, Palais des Nations
  • Details:

12:30 – 14:00: Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Face of Emergencies and Extreme Adversity – A Prerequisite to Achieve Universal Health Coverage

  • Sponsor: The governments of Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, Moldova, Qatar, Rwanda, Somalia, Sri Lanka,Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 24 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

12:30 – 14:00: Promoting Vaccine Confidence: Enhancing Global Immunization Efforts to Protect the Health of All Generations

  • Sponsor: The governments of Brazil, Canada, Romania, Ukraine, United States of America, and the European Union
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 23 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

12:30 – 14:00:  High-level Launch of the Energy & Health Platform (HEPA)             

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization; UNDP
  • Location: Palais des Nations – Restaurant des Délégués
  • Details:

12:30 – 14:30: Beyond the Headlines: What Will it Take to Address the Growing Cancer Burden?

  • Sponsor: Roche
  • Location: Hotel InterContinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details:  Access to cancer treatment needs to be at the forefront of UHC.  This event will discuss how do we get there and what role should healthcare companies play in tackling access challenges to cancer care. RSVP Here.

13:00 – 14:30: High-Level briefing for Alignment on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and Well-being in Humanitarian and Fragile Settings

  • Sponsors: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH), hosted by the World Health Organization
  • Location: Salle A, Building AB, WIPO | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The purpose of this High-level briefing is to inform and engage key partners on PMNCH’s endeavor to aligning coordination for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being with a life course approach in humanitarian and fragile settings, building on existing coordination mechanisms, across health and health-enhancing sectors and linking development and humanitarian actors to achieve meaningful and sustainable progress. RSVP Here.

15:30 -17:00: UHC Town Hall

  • Sponsors: Global Health Council and Partners
  • Location: Geneva Press Club, Route de Ferney 106, 1202 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: On the margins of the World Health Assembly, Global Health Council and partners will host a town hall discussion to explore how civil society can participate, specifically at the country level on the HLM with an emphasis on advocacy post-HLM, as well as look at the challenges to its participation. We plan to continue this conversation beyond WHA and the upcoming HLM. RSVP Here.

15:30 – 17:30: Prevention in an Ageing World

  • Sponsor: International Longevity Centre
  • Location: International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, Room Henry Dunant | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This launch reception will provide an opportunity to hear more about an international programme of work exploring the importance of prevention in our ageing world from researchers, as well as network with key global stakeholders across policy, industry and the third sector. During the reception, you will also have an opportunity to feed into our project plans offering your expertise around how public policy needs to respond to the challenges and opportunities of ageing. RSVP Here.

18:00 – 18:50: Action and Accountability on UHC: Building Momentum towards the UN High-level Meeting

  • Sponsor: The Save the Children Fund, supported by Action Contre la Faim International, and Global Health Council
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room IX | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official “non-state actor” side event to WHA72.

18:00 – 19:30: Getting there faster – How we can use R&D, Innovation and Access to accelerate progress on SDG3

  • Sponsor: WHO, Wellcome Trust
  • Location: Intercontinental Geneve, 7-9 Chemin du Petit Saconnex | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This event will present the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All Accelerator on R&D, Innovation and Access; and explore what it will take to deliver the accelerator’s recommendations once they are finalized; and highlight the opportunities the Global Action Plan provides to galvanize the broader global health community to build momentum towards 2030.  RSVP Here.

18:00 – 19:30: Universal Health Coverage and Migration: Reaching the Most Vulnerable

  • Sponsor: The governments of Colombia, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, and Sudan
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 7 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

18:00–19:30: Universal Health Coverage 2030: Creating a Global Digital Health Dynamic to Shape the 21st Century Economy and Society

  • Sponsors: Novartis Foundation, PATH, Geneva Graduate Institute, Global He@lth 2030 Innovation Task Force
  • Location: The Graduate Institute of Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details:

18:00 – 19:30: Partnerships for Health Systems Strengthening – Prepared for Emergencies

  • Sponsor: The governments of Afghanistan and Switzerland
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 24 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

18:00 – 19:30: Nutrition4Health: Nutrition Innovations along with NCDs Prevention for Achieving Universal Health Coverage within the Context of the 2030 Agenda and the UN Nutrition Decade

  • Sponsor: The governments of Albania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, India, Italy, Lebanon, Malawi, Montenegro, the Philippine, Tunisia, Uganda
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room 23 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official Member States side event to WHA72.

18:00 – 20:00: The Healthiest City: Science and Practice to Promote Urban Health

  • Sponsor: Boston University School of Public Health
  • Location: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Most of the world now lives in cities. This panel convenes key leaders and thinkers in public health governance, scholarship, and practice to discuss how cities create the conditions that shape health and how we can create global cities that better promote health.  RSVP Here.

18:30 – 20:30: To Succeed by 2023 – Reaching Every Last Child for a Polio-free World The GPEI Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023

  • Sponsors: The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)
  • Location: Hotel InterContinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This event will celebrate global progress in polio eradication efforts and inform about the ways in which the new GPEI Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023 will achieve a lasting world free of all polioviruses, for all future generations to come. The GPEI partners and representatives from key countries would be pleased to welcome you to this important event. Refreshments will be provided.

19:00 – 19:50: Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage: a Component of Primary Health Care

  • Sponsor: International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance, Médecins Sans Frontières International, Union of International Cancer Control, and partners.
  • Location: Palais des Nations, Room IX | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Official “non-state actor” side event to WHA72.
May 22

07:30 – 09:00: Breakfast Side-Event: Ebola, Pandemics, and Biological Weapons

  • Sponsors: NTI | bio, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, and Future of Humanity Institute
  • Location: InterContinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Against a backdrop of an increasingly interconnected yet unstable and disordered world, the risk of a pandemic event with catastrophic consequences is increasing. Speakers will discuss each scenario and provide their national, regional, and global perspectives, as well as recommendations for ways to prevent and deter catastrophic biological risks of the future. RSVP Here.

08:00–09:30: Harnessing Global Momentum in Mental Health: Public-Private Collaboration

  • Sponsor: World Economic Forum
  • Location: Hotel Intercontinental
  • Details: Momentum in global mental health has never been stronger, and globally coordinated advocacy efforts continue in 2019. But what actions should public-private collaboration catalyze in global mental health? Drawing on calls from the Lancet commission, this session will advance the conversation on strategies to ensure momentum translates into action for public, private and civil society stakeholders. RSVP Here.

08:00 – 10:00: How Communities Can Deliver UHC for Women and Adolescents

  • Sponsor(s): Communities at the Heart of UHC, Pathfinder International, What to Expect Project
  • Location: Club suisse de la presse – Geneva Press Club
  • Details: Universal Health Coverage (UHC) grounded in equity, quality and financial protection is critical for all people but in particular for vulnerable groups such as newborns, adolescents and women of reproductive age. Countries are making valiant commitments to UHC and primary health care, but gaps persist. This is unacceptable if we are to make good on our promise of equity-driven UHC. However, there is a solution: Supported, properly trained and digitally empowered community health workers can support communities to thrive and ensure that all women and adolescents receive the quality, essential health care and services they deserve.  This panel discussion will focus on how countries, implementing partners, the private sector, multilateral organizations and civil society can, and should, collaborate to fulfill the commitment of quality primary health care that meets the needs of women and adolescents via community health workers to fulfill the promise of health for all.  RSVP Here.

08:00 – 10:00: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance in low- and middle-income countries: Time to deliver context-specific solutions

  • Sponsor: Danish Ministry of Health, the World Bank, the Ministry of Health in Ghana and Wellcome Trust
  • Location: Delegates Restaurant (Restaurants de l’ONU, Avenue de la Paix 8-14) | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: RSVP Here.

08:30 – 10:00:  Building Country Capacity for Global Health Security       

  • Sponsor: Chemonics International
  • Location: Musée Ariana, 10 Avenue de la Paix
  • Details: In parallel with the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Chemonics International is hosting a dialogue on advancing multisectoral and multi-stakeholder efforts to achieve global health security. Our panel discussion will showcase different perspectives and approaches that support implementation of the global health security agenda (GHSA) — from emergency supply chain preparedness to private sector partnerships to the institutionalization of the One Health approach. RSVP Here.

12:00 – 14:00: Leaving no one behind – leading with equity from the community to the hospital

  • Sponsor: Partners in Health
  • Location: Geneva Press Club
  • Details: Join us in learning from patients, health care workers, policy makers, and academic thought leaders who have led inspiring country-led efforts to deliver quality, integrated services from the community to the hospital in low-income settings. As this discussion will highlight, we must take full advantage of this critical moment in global solidarity by addressing some of the most significant gaps in financing and service delivery for UHC, including NCDs and injuries, mental health conditions, and surgical and emergency care. RSVP Here.

12:30 – 14:15: Technical Briefing: Mental Health: time to scale up 

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room XII, Palais des Nations
  • Details: During this briefing, the WHO Special Initiative for Mental Health (2019-2023): Universal Health Coverage for Mental Health will be introduced. The Initiative seeks to ensure access to quality and affordable care for mental health conditions to 100 million more people within the next 5 years. Through testimonies from a range of countries and agencies, Assembly delegates will learn how, concretely, this Initiative will benefit countries around the world.

12:30 – 14:30: Innovate + Collaborate + Scale = End Malaria

  • Sponsor: RBM Partnership to End Malaria, Business Alliance Against Malaria, World Health Organization, Unitaid, The US President’s Malaria Initiative
  • Location: Hotel Intercontinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Please join RBM partnership and partners for a panel discussion on the multisectoral innovation, collaboration, and scale needed to end malaria. The moderated discussion will explore: Recent scale-up efforts in malaria-endemic countries; Opportunities to accelerate access to new tools in the coming years, and Interventions by businesses operating outside the health sector. RSVP Here.

12:30 – 14:30: Is Democracy Good for Health? A Discussion on the Political Determinants of Health

  • Sponsors: Geneva Graduate Institute
  • Location: Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva Graduate Institute |Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: A major study of 170 countries published in the Lancet has concluded that adult life expectancy improved more quickly in countries that switched to democracy over the past 50 years. Improvements in democratic quality did not make nations richer, but it did result in more government health spending. The health benefits of democracy for many non-communicable diseases and injuries were stronger than any other GDP effect and at the same time, some long standing democracies are experiencing declines in life expectancy. So, is democracy good for health? RSVP Here.

14:00–15:30: Universal Health Coverage: UHC2030 Private-Sector Constituency Private Meeting             

  • Sponsor: World Economic Forum
  • Location: Hotel Intercontinental | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: More information here.

17:00 -18:00: Towards ICPD+25: Strengthening the partnership ecosystem to finance and deliver Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya

  • Sponsors: The Government of Kenya and UNFPA, with support of the World Economic Forum and UN SDG Partnership Platform in Kenya
  • Location: Intercontinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The event aims to take stock of the progress Kenya is making in strengthening its partnership ecosystem to finance and deliver UHC, therewith advancing the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action (PoA) in the Country. RSVP Here.

18:00 – 20:00: Institutional Support for Social Accountability in Health: The Role of Government in Welcoming the Voice of the People

  • Sponsor: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
  • Location: The Vieux-Bois Restaurant
  • Details: Building on evidence, experiences and findings discussed at the Social Accountability Symposium in 2018, this event will emphasize the importance of government leadership and support for successful social accountability initiatives. It will also provide ministries of health, multilateral and donor representatives, and implementing partners with a set of solutions for practical policy, structure and system options that would help in the realization of strategic public accountability objectives. RSVP Here.

 

May 23

07:45 – 09:30: Leaving no one behind on the road to UHC: Where are women, children, and adolescents?

  • Sponsor: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
  • Location: Château de Penthes | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details:This event will provide an opportunity to engage in an interactive discussion on the key findings and messages from the IAP reports (in particular, Private Sector: Who is Accountable?) and two recent reports by OECD. Speakers and participants alike will share good practices and challenges to delivering on the pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind. RSVP Here.

12:30 – 14:00: Technical Briefing: Investing in Jobs

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room XII, Palais des Nations
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12:30 – 14:00: The Road to Universal Health Coverage: Innovation, Equity and the New Health Economy

  • Sponsors: Geneva Graduate Institute
  • Location: Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva Graduate Institute | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: More than 100 countries are currently in the process of adopting Universal Health Coverage, deciding which services to cover and how to pay for them. While the goal of UHC remains elusive in many countries, there are successful examples to emulate. This event will focus on the present and potential private sector contributions to UHC, opening a discussion around the range of capabilities private providers and companies are bringing to the challenges of expanding delivery of essential health services to all. RSVP Here.

15:00 – 16:30: Transforming primary healthcare in the digital age: the impact and sustainability of clinical decision support tools

  • Sponsor: Government of Burkina Faso, Johns Hopkins University, and World Health Organization
  • Location: Musée Arianna | Geneva, Switzerland
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17:00 – 19:00: Catalyzing Innovation and Progress through Self-Care Interventions: WHO Normative Guidance Development to Advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

  • Sponsor: WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research and the Ministry of Health of Bangladesh
  • Location: Intercontinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This event will support the forthcoming WHO global Consolidated guideline on self-care, and will facilitate a dialogue between key stakeholders in their role as policymakers to promote self-care interventions. RSVP Here. 

18:00 – 20:00: Every Newborn: Closing Gaps in Neonatal Care Around the World

  • Sponsor: The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
  • Location: Intercontinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: The session will share knowledge and experience for driving progress on newborn health, with special focus on transforming inpatient care of the most vulnerable newborns, those born too small, too soon, and who are acutely ill, particularly in low and middle-income countries and humanitarian settings. RSVP Here.

18:30 – 20:00: Investing in Health Workers

  • Sponsor: Seed Global Health, Last Mile Health, IntraHealth, the Global Health Workforce Network, and the World Health Organization
  • Location: Intercontinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: RSVP Here.
May 24

9:00 – 11:00: The role of next generation in addressing Noncommunicable Diseases: Delivering effective collaboration and meaningful participation

  • Sponsor: The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth
  • Location: Commonwealth Small States Office Rue du Pre-de-la-Bichette1202 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Join us for a strategy meeting with youth-led organizations working to address the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases to explore areas for collaboration and joint advocacy in the lead up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on UHC and beyond. RSVP Here.

8:30 – 11:00: Putting Quality Medicines & Diagnostics at the Heart of Quality Care

  • Sponsors: United States Pharmacopeia (USP) & IntraHealth International
  • Location: InterContinental Hotel | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: On the sidelines of the 72nd World Health Assembly, please join us for a series of high-level conversations on the importance of ensuring quality medicines and diagnostics as a foundational element of high-quality health systems and universal health coverage. RSVP here.

9:30 – 13:00: Accelerating global cooperation on dengue fever: proposals for a World Dengue Day

  • Sponsor: International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Location: Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2 | Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: Dengue fever is the fastest spreading mosquito-borne disease and threatens over half the world’s population – the WHO has listed dengue as a top-ten global health priority for 2019. Please join us at this side event to hear more about the highly underestimated global burden of dengue through presentations and panel discussions, as well as discuss collaborative approaches including vector and disease surveillance, outbreak prediction, climate change modelling, water and sanitation and community engagement strategies. RSVP Here.

12:30 – 14:00: Let’s Get Real: Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Well-being

  • Sponsor: Organized by the delegates of Mozambique, Portugal, Slovenia and Uruguay.
  • Location: Room VIII, Palais des Nations
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12:30 – 14:00: Technical Briefing: Green, Sustainable, Climate-Resilient Health Care Facilities

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room XII, Palais des Nations
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12:30 – 14:00: Technical Briefing: Promoting Local Production of Medicines and Other Health Technologies

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room XXIII, Palais des Nations
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14:30 – 16:00: Shrinking Space for SRHR and Civil Society: How Can NGOs Reclaim Their Space?

  • Sponsors: Geneva Graduate Institute, Medicus Mundi International, Cordaid, and Medicus Mundi Switzerland
  • Location: Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva Graduate Institute |Geneva, Switzerland
  • Details: This World Health Assembly (WHA) public side event invites participants to share their experiences, stories and assessments of the “shrinking space”, and their strategies to recover the space needed for CSOs and their work in the field of SRHR. RSVP Here.

19:00-19:50: Cross-Sectoral Collaboration and Leadership in the Energy-Health Nexus

  • Sponsor: United Nations Foundation and the Clean Cooking Alliance
  • Location: Room IX, Palais des Nations
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12:30 – 14:00: Technical Briefing: Towards Healthier Populations

  • Sponsor: World Health Organization
  • Location: Room XII, Palais des Nations
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May 28