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May 17, 2015 - May 28, 2015

68th World Health Assembly and related events

68th World Health Assembly and related events

Geneva, 17-28 May 2015. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization. The 68th WHA is followed by the 137th session of the WHO Executive Board. Many formal and informal side events complete the picture and provide further reasons to attend the WHA.

As an organization in official relations with WHO, Medicus Mundi International will again actively participate in the WHA, hosting the "WHO Watch" project in its delegation, providing statements on selected agenda items, organizing side events and promoting collaboration and networking among civil society organizations defending and strengthening the regulatory, policy making and normative role of WHO. 

Selected WHA side events

  • Introduction to the WHA: A briefing for new delegates
    Graduate Institute, 17 May 2015, 15:00 - 19:00 hrs
    "WHA attracts health ministers or their representatives from 194 WHO Member States, high-level officials of health-focused international organizations, top NGO and foundation officials, industry representatives, and many others. Interest in WHA has grown in recent years. Last year’s WHA was the largest-ever with over 3,000 registered delegates, and the WHO Secretariat expects attendance to remain high this year as the Assembly considers a number of critical issues for the future of global health. At the same time, many individuals (including some from Member States, civil society organizations, and the press) are unfamiliar with the Assembly’s processes, structures, and key issues. With this in mind, the Graduate Institute of Geneva and the United Nations Foundation in collaboration with the World Health Organization are convening this briefing." (The Graduate Institute is a member of Medicus Mundi Switzerland)
    | Announcement:

  • Global HRH Governance: WHO Global Code of Practice - initial achievements and future challenges. Medicus Mundi International Network and partners, 20 May 2015, 19:00 - 20:00 hrs

    We invite you to participate in both civil society side events on 20 May, 17:45 - 20:00 hrs focusing on global HRH governance issues.
    | More information:
    | Joint announcement leaflet, HRH events on 20 May: Downlead PDF
    | GHWA flyer with HRH side events:


  • A luta continua! Strengthening or weakening health systems?
    Medicus Mundi International Network, 23 May 2015, 12:30 - 14:30 hrs

    "A luta continua" ("the struggle continues") was the rallying cry of the FRELIMO movement during Mozambique’s war for independence. The phrase is Portuguese but was used by FRELIMO leader Samora Machel to cultivate popular support against the Portuguese colonial presence. Today, "a luta continua" is a strong slogan for the ongoing need to reflect about the influence of international health cooperation and a globalized health business on national health systems. Based on the documentary“A luta continua” (Medicus Mundi Catalunya) and referring to the case of Mozambique, a public side event to the World Health Assembly organzied by the Medicus Mundi International Network will provide an opportunity for the dialogue on what it takes to strengthen – or weaken – a national health system in a country recovering from war.
    | More information:
    | Announcemen leaflet: Download PDF


Program of official WHA side events: WHA journal (PDF)

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