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MMI global health governance team (MMI GHG)

MMI global health governance team (MMI GHG)

An "MMI Global Health Governance team" was established in 2011 with a first work plan covering the years 2012-13.

In the MMI Network strategy 2016-2020, the engagement of MMI in global health policy and governance has become a main strategic field of work (“We will provide autonomous, sustainable and stimulating spaces for the analysis and debate of global health and promote platforms for joint civil society advocacy, with a focus on the World Health Organization”), and a set of particular objectives and activities have been framed, covering both main fields of engagement by the GHG team over the last years:

  • MMI will be a strong voice of civil society at the World Health Organization, its meetings and processes.
    MMI will further enhance its WHO related advocacy developed over the last strategic period. The Network’s engagement will continue aiming at strengthening and protecting the regulatory, policy making and normative role of the WHO. In “multi-stakeholder” platforms that deal with global norms and regulation, policies and strategies such as the Global Health Workforce Alliance or the NCD Coordination Mechanism, MMI will continue to act as a critical civil society voice.
  • MMI will foster cooperation among civil society organizations involved in global health.
    MMI will further develop its profile as a reliable and effective networker and convener, fostering systematic sharing, strategizing and alliance building among those civil society institutions and representatives that are strongly involved in WHO related advocacy, participate in the governing body meetings of the World Health Organization and aim at defending and strengthening the regulatory, policy making and normative role of WHO. In order to play this role effectively, MMI will continue to cooperate with other global and regional civil society networks and platforms promoting Health for All and will participate, when adequate and feasible, in joint activities related to WHO processes and beyond.

In this sense, the engagement of the MMI GHG team is

  • focusing on the World Health Organization and its governance, policies and fora, but extending if adequate to other fields and actors of global health governance (in the health sector) and global governance for health (in other sectors influencing and determining health);   
  • coordinated with other global and regional civil society partners working in this field such as the People’s Health Movement;
  • curently focusing on the consolidation of the Geneva Global Health Hub, our flagship project in this field, which will also take over most of the convening and networking activities from MMI GHG;
  • supporting and supplementing other MMI working groups (mainly: HRH, EHC) and their activities in field of global health governance, and taking over some of the tasks (in particular: watching the governance of WHO GCM/NCD) of the former MMI working group on non-communicable diseases (MMI NCD).

Currently, the MMI GHG team works in a rather informal way: Network members particularly engaged in global health govenance and advoacy are convened by the Network Secretariat when required. The work of the MMI GHG team and the related initiatives and positions of the MMI Network are overseen by the Board.

MMI GHG convenor and secretariat:
Thomas Schwarz, MMI secretariat

MMI GHG contact in the MMI Board:
Remco van de Pas, ITM Antwerp

Project: Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2)

Project: Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2)

"The Geneva Global Health Hub is a membership-based association created in Geneva in 2016 to provide a space and enable civil society to meet, share knowledge and create initiatives to advocate for more democratic global health governance.

  • We follow and enable civil society discussions on Geneva global health processes through an interactive website and social media
  • We facilitate online and face-to-face networking and strategizing between member organizations
  • We disseminate information to members on health-related institutions in Geneva on the basis of mapping, networking and meeting attendance
  • We assist members to organize Geneva-based meetings with office space and infrastructure
  • We are exploring ways to assist resource-constrained organizations to raise funds for travel costs for meeting attendance"

The G2H2 secretariat is hosted by the MMI Network at its recently opened Geneva office.


Project: WHO Watch

"WHO is the paramount health authority at the global level and needs to be strengthened and reformed and properly funded to play this role. WHO Watch seeks to generate support for a reformed WHO restored to its proper place in global health governance. WHO Watch aims to support wider knowledge of, and participation in, the various engagements across the broader field of global health governance. We are aiming to change the balance of power framing global decisions which impact on health. WHO Watch is the first phase of broader ambition, the Democratising of Global Health Governance."

Since its beginning, the MMI Network actively participates in this project coordinated by the People's Health Movement and hosts the team of "WHO Watchers" at the WHO governing body meetings in its delegation.


MMI Network: Supported civil society positions and platforms

The MMI Network supports civil society networks and platforms as well as joint advocacy campaigns related to key topics and issues of our work. Co-signing a campaign or a joint advocacy statement as “Medicus Mundi international Network” requires consultation of the Board by the Network member or institutions who promotes it. Co-signing a campaign or a joint advocacy statement as “Medicus Mundi international Network” does not mean that this reflects the position of all Network members. Positions supported by MMI in the last years include:


  • Open letter to WHO DG candidates: "Keep policy and priority setting free of commercial influence" published in: The Lancet
  • Civil society statement "The WHO we want and the leadership WHO needs" as a contribution to the dialogue on the election of new WHO Director General
  • Open letter to the members of the 140th Executive Board of the WHO: Address the recommendations included in the report of the United Nations
    Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines (UNHLP).
    Document: PDF
  • Open letter to the members of the 140th Executive Board of the WHO: "Conflict of interest safeguards far too weak to protect WHO from influence of
    regulated industries (the case of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)"
    Document: PDF


  • Civil Society Statement on the World Health Organization’s proposed Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). 69th World Health Assembly, May 2016
  • Urgent call from 260 organisations to UN Statistical Division to "revoke weak and harmful indicator 3.8.2 to measure Universal Health Coverage (UHC)"
  • Open letter to the members of the 138th Executive Board of the World Health Organization: "Civil Society has no confidence in the stalled Framework for Engagement with Non State Actors process"
  • World Health Assembly, 23 May 2015: Joint civil society statement: Defend the World Health Organization from corporate takeover



  • No Progress towards Universal Health without Health Workers. Civil Society
    commitment statement at 3rd Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
  • Health strengthening requires continuous investment in quality health services and health workforce". Joint statement at a WHO high-level meeting in Tallinn


  • World Bank must advance universal health coverage. Civil society letter to World Bank president - text of letter
  • Call for global leadership: Incentive systems for research and innovation which addresses needs of LMICs. COHRED call to action to the member states attending the open-ended meeting to discuss the CEWG report recommendations
  • A promise renewed. Civil society pledge for reaffirmed committment to child survival signed by the MMI Network
  • People's Charter for health - the "constitution" of the People's Health Movement


  • Protecting the Right to Health through action on the Social Determinants of Health
    A Declaration by Public Interest Civil Society Organisations and Social Movements
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (MMI representatives as part of the editing team)
  • Noncommunicable Diseases: Statement of concern on lack of clarity on role of industry in UN High Level Meeting, signed by over 100 NGOs including the MMI Network and delivered to the President of the UN General Assembly on 22 June 2011
  • Delhi Statement: Time to untie the knots - The WHO reform and the need for democratizing global health. The Medicus Mundi International Network participated in the Delhi consultation and endorsed the so-called "Delhi Statement" on the WHO reform and the need for democratizing global health.
    MMI ePlatform


  • NGO Code of Conduct for Health Systems Strengthening
    The purpose of the Code is to offer guidance on how international NGOs can work in host countries in a way that respects and supports the primacy of the government’s responsibility for organizing health system delivery. The Code has become a key reference for the MMI Network

MMI statements at the World Health Organization's Governing Body meetings (World Health Assembly and Executive Board) can be found in the People's Health Movement's "WHO Tracker". Over the last years, such MMI statements on various topics have been made as joint statements of MMI and the People's Health Movement, at times including other civil society partners.


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