On September 6th 2019, we will organize the congress ‘Global health: everybody’s concern, everybody’s business’.

We will focus on the question of why the work of Wemos still relevant – even so many years after the first conference ‘Health and Politics in Developing Countries’ in 1981.  Is health still a political issue? With a diverse programme and national and international speakers, we will seek answers to this and other questions about global health.



More details about the congress will follow soon.


Health is (still) political

40 years ago today, on March 19 1979, a group of medical students united to focus on global public health. Since then, Wemos has grown into an international lobbying organisation that is strongly committed to advocating the right to health for all.


In 1979, a group of critical medical students at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam gave a series of lectures on the extent to which tropical doctors in low- and middle-income countries formed a long-term solution to public health problems. At the two-day conference ‘Health and Politics in Developing Countries’ at the University of Amsterdam, it became clear that there was great interest in this issue. Shortly afterwards, Wemos became an official foundation that aimed to draw attention to the discussion on this subject.


Keep an eye on this page for more information about the congress, stories and blog posts about the history of Wemos and our work on global health!



Wilbert Bannenberg – ’19 March 1979 – The start of Wemos’