70th World Health Assembly

May 22, 2017 to May 31, 2017
World Health Organization

IntraHealth International is co-sponsoring and participating in health workforce-related side events at the Seventieth World Health Assembly taking place May 22-31 in Geneva, Switzerland. The annual Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), attended by delegations from all WHO Member States. Representatives from IntraHealth will make the following statements regarding specific resolutions being considered by the Assembly.

IntraHealth International Statements

Our Participation

Unsung Heroines of Health: Celebration of Women in Global Health
Date(s): Sunday, May 21, 7:00pm-10:00pm CEST
Location: InterContinental Hotel (invitation only)
Presenter(s): IntraHealth and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition are co-sponsors of this reception and gala dinner hosted by Women in Global Health and GE Healthcare. The event honors 12 women who are working tirelessly to improve global health through advocacy for issues such as strengthening the health workforce, increasing the position and confidence of women in health care roles, and improving maternal and newborn health.
Innovative Financing Solutions for Health System Strengthening in Emerging Markets
Date(s): Monday, May 22, 7:30am-9:30am CEST
Location: Hotel InterContinental
Presenter(s): IntraHealth is a co-sponsor of this event addressing how to design innovative financing solutions and drive more investment in health care in Africa. Speakers include Kate Tulenko, IntraHealth's Vice President, Health Systems Innovation.
Enabling Global Health Security through Health Systems Strengthening: Perspectives from Women Leaders
Date(s): Monday, May 22, 4:00pm-6:00pm CEST
Location: Club Suisse de la Presse (RSVP here)
Presenter(s): IntraHealth is part of the Global Health Council’s delegation to the World Health Assembly. The Council is co-sponsoring this panel discussion by women leaders examining the enablers of health security, including strengthening primary care, adequately training health workers, leveraging technology, supporting regulatory capacity, and good governance.
From Commitment to Action: Partnerships to Strengthen Surgical and Anesthesia Care for All
Date(s): Monday, May 22, 6:30pm CEST
Location: InterContinental Hotel (RSVP here)
Presenter(s): The G4 Alliance, in which IntraHealth is a member, is hosting this advocacy event to celebrate the worldwide efforts being made to strengthen surgical and anesthesia care and discuss progress in fulfilling World Health Assembly Resolution 68:15, which recognizes the importance of such care as part of universal health coverage.
Access to Diabetes Medicines and Care in Underserved Populations: Patient, Health Worker, Government, and Multi-Lateral Perspectives on Policy
Date(s): Tuesday, May 23, 8:00am-9:30am CEST
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Ballroom A (RSVP here)
Presenter(s): This breakfast panel discussion organized by the International Diabetes Federation and co-sponsored by Medtronic and IntraHealth brings people living with diabetes, health workers, and senior policy-makers together to discuss priority solutions to overcome national gaps in availability of diabetes care and treatment among underserved populations.
Against All Odds: Strengthening Health Systems to Better Serve Vulnerable Women and Children
Date(s): Tuesday, May 23, 4:00pm-6:00pm CEST
Location: Club Suisse de la Presse, Route de Ferney 106 (RSVP here)
Presenter(s): IntraHealth and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition are co-sponsors of this panel exploring the challenges faced by health systems in complex and post-conflict settings, how these challenges impact the health of the most vulnerable, and how the power of the Sustainable Development Goals can be harnessed to build more resilient health systems.
Health Workers Count
Date(s): Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm-8:30pm CEST
Location: InterContinental Hotel, Ballroom AE (RSVP here)
Presenter(s): IntraHealth and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition are co-sponsors of this reception and networking event in which participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with the hubs of the World Health Organization’s recently launched Global Health Workforce Network.
Community Health Workers as Catalysts in the Implementation of the Recommendations by the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth
Date(s): Monday, May 29, 6:00pm-7:30pm CEST
Location: Room IX, Palais des Nations (registration not required)
Presenter(s): Amref Health Africa and IntraHealth are co-sponsors of this event highlighting the crucial role of community health workers in accelerating progress toward universal health coverage. Speakers include Laura Hoemeke, IntraHealth’s Director of Communications & Advocacy.


Pape Gaye

President and CEO

Rebecca Kohler

Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development

Kate Tulenko

Vice President of Health Systems Innovation

Laura Hoemeke

Director, Communications and Advocacy

Vince Blaser

Advocacy Advisor and Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Michelle Korte

Global Policy Associate