72nd World Health Assembly

Photo: © <a href="">Yann Forget</a> / <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a> used under <a href="">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>

Photo: © Yann Forget / Wikimedia Commons used under CC BY-SA 3.0

May 20, 2019 12:00am CEST to May 28, 2019 11:55pm CEST

IntraHealth International is headed to the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) taking place May 20-28 in Geneva, Switzerland. The annual assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), attended by delegations from all member states and invited non-state actors.

As an organization in official relations with the WHO, IntraHealth will advocate for investments needed to ensure high-quality health services in communities of least access. IntraHealth will deliver nine statements, including on universal health coverage, an update to the WHO Workforce 2030 strategy, the WHO's new guidelines for community health workers, and a new Draft Global Action Plan on Promoting the Health of Refugees and Migrants. IntraHealth leaders of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition and Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition secretariats will also work with other advocates to elevate the voices of frontline health workers and the need to better protect and invest in the health workforce worldwide.

Please read our statements and join us in Geneva for the side events below.

IntraHealth International Statements

Our Participation

Side Events

Heroines of Health 2019
Date(s): Sunday, May 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm CEST
Location: Warwick Hotel Geneva, Switzerland
Presenter(s): Hosted by Women in Global Health, this reception and gala dinner will bring together the global health community to celebrate the women of the world who are championing better health care for all. IntraHealth is proud to celebrate our own Jeanne Tessougué of IntraHealth's Mali office for being honored as a 2019 Heroine of Health.
Community & Civil Society Engagement for the Global Action Plan on SDG3
Date(s): Monday, May 20, 3:30pm-5:15pm CEST
Location: Geneva Press Club
Presenter(s): This event cohosted by the Global Health Council, UN Foundation, and Women in Global Health with IntraHealth, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, and other partners will focus on actionable steps communities and civil society can take to support countries and multilateral actors to achieve the ambitious goals of the new Global Action Plan. RSVP. Join via livestream.
Surgery and Anesthesia: Conflict, Poverty, and Development
Date(s): Monday, May 20, 5:00pm-7:30pm CEST
Location: Humanitarium, International Committee of the Red Cross
Presenter(s): Cohosts, including the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, the G4 Alliance, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Lifebox, IntraHealth, and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, will discuss how governments and organizations can respond to providing and strengthening surgical and anaesthesia care even in the most challenging environments. IntraHealth's Carol Bales will present findings from the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition's new report, which documents attacks on health workers and health facilities in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, and discuss how these attacks impede access to essential health services for millions of people. RSVP.
UHC Town Hall
Date(s): Tuesday, May 21, 3:30pm-6:00pm CEST
Location: Geneva Press Club
Presenter(s): Cosponsored by the Global Health Council, UN Foundation, Women in Global Health, and IntraHealth, with partners including the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, this town hall is an opportunity for civil society to explore how it can participate in the dialogue leading up to the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC in September. Pape Gaye, IntraHealth's president and CEO, will give opening and closing remarks. IntraHealth's Jeanne Tessougué of IntraHealth's Mali office will speak on a panel. RSVP. Join via livestream.
A Right, Not a Luxury: Putting Quality Medicines & Diagnostics at the Heart of Quality Care
Date(s): Friday, May 24, 9:00am-11:00am CEST
Location: Intercontinental Hotel
Presenter(s): Co-hosted by United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and IntraHealth, this high-level event will drive home the importance of investing in quality-assured medicines and diagnostics as a foundational element of high-quality health systems and universal health coverage, and chart a path toward greater investment and action. Pape Gaye, IntraHealth's president and CEO, will participate in a moderated discussion with Naveen Thacker, executive director of the International Pediatric Association, on fostering trust and empowering providers. RSVP.


Pape Gaye

President and CEO

Rebecca Kohler

Chief Strategy Officer

Dai Hozumi

Chief Technical Officer

Jeanne Tessougué

Chief of Party, Mali

Vince Blaser

Director, Frontline Health Workers Coalition

Carol Bales

Advocacy and Policy Communications Manager

Sarah Kashef

Global Policy and Advocacy Associate