Our highlights of 2018

The start of the new year calls for some reflection. This is why we have compiled an overview of our highlights of 2018. We are proud of the results of our work for health for all. Have a look!

2018 was a year of new collaborations, media attention, joint letters, political support and enlarging our digital presence.

 

The year started with our successful event in the European Parliament in Brussels – ‘How long is the arm of Big Pharma?’. With attendees from the European Parliament, European Commission, and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the event resulted in much media coverage as well as recommendations that were included in the approval of the budget of EMA by the European Parliament.

 

We also established the Health Workers For All Coalition, to strengthen civil society’s voice in calling for a stronger global health workforce. In September, on the invitation of the World Health Organization (WHO), we chaired a session at the WHO International Platform on Health Worker Mobility in Geneva.

 

Some other highlights were our country report on finance for the health workforce in Malawi (and the Lancet’s referral to our report!), the start of our new project ‘Aid for Trade’, our petition for a national plan for endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the Dutch Parliament, three thought-provoking Global Health Café editions, and the launch of our knowledge platform.

 

Wemos looks forward to a fruitful 2019 with successes like the past year’s. All for health for all.

 

Curious? Read about our highlights of 2018 here

 

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