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Our key takeaways from the 72nd World Health Assembly

Winne van Woerden

Last month in Geneva, from 22-28 May, the 72th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place, an annually returning event where World Health Organization (WHO) delegates convene to discuss health-related issues. Several global health advocates travelled to Switzerland to represent Wemos at the WHA and present some of our work to other delegates. Two of them – Lisa Seidelmann and Amanda Banda – look back on their visit and their key takeaways.

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This week: 72nd World Health Assembly

From May 20-28, the 72nd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland. Each year, senior health officials from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Member States gather there to discuss the WHO’s progress, new goals and global health agenda and challenges. Wemos will be present as well as a civil society organization and attend sessions on Financing for Health, the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being and Access to Medicines.

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The future of global health, then and now

Linda Mans

Last week, the 71st edition of the World Health Assembly and pre-meetings of civil society discussed topics of this very moment such as health and environment, or the root causes of health inequity. At the same time, the Alma-Ata declaration from forty years ago showed its renewed actuality. That made the Assembly my trip back to the future.

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A Tanzanian view on the health workforce crisis

Renée de Jong


At Wemos we believe in evidence-based advocacy. This also means keeping in touch with people who work on the ground and hearing their stories. During the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017, Paul Nedermeijer and I had the opportunity to work with the People’s Health Movement (PHM) and the WHO Watch team. Among the group was Godfrey Philimon, a highly motivated Tanzanian public health advocate. I interviewed him about his perspectives on the human resources for health situation in Tanzania.

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WHO elects a new director-general

This week marks the 70th annual meeting of member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. At this 70th World Health Assembly, the WHO will also elect a new director-general. The Dutch magazine Medisch Contact spoke with Wemos’ director Mariëlle Bemelmans about what type of leader the WHO needs.

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Global health also concerns medical students

Elisa Veini & Pearl Heinemans


At the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva, I met medical student Roos Kistemaker, who was already familiar with Wemos via her work for IFMSA (the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association). As an active member of IFMSA, she is committed to bringing a global perspective into her academic training.

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