PHM is preparing for watching the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA-72) of WHO taking place from 14th May to 28th May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Assembly takes place once and Executive Board meeting takes place twice a year. The items on the WHA72 agenda will probably include Health emergencies, Implementation of International Health Regulations (2005), Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, Eradication of polio & Polio Transition , Health, environment and climate change,Human Resources for Health, Promoting the health of refugees and migrants, Addressing Global shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines, Public health, innovation and intellectual property, Progress towards sustainable development goals, Eleventh revision of International Classification of Diseases and Mechanism on substandard and falsified medical products.
Can you attend the WHA72 Meeting?
Through Medicus Mundi International, watchers are able to attend the meeting, distribute PHM’s commentary, advocate our position to country delegates, and deliver statements from the floor to the meeting body. We are looking for PHM activists to join as watchers in Geneva. If you are keen in developing your knowledge on issues discussed at the meeting, and to be involved in strengthening these issues in your country or region after the meeting, please let us know. As the work is intense, being able to work under some pressure and still provide support to your co-watchers will be a great advantage. It is also important for the process if watchers are there for the full period of the meetings, including a preparatory workshop the week before the Executive Board . This means arrive on Monday 13th May and depart on 28th May.
If you are interested in the politics of global health governance and understanding the role that people’s movements can play in UN processes, the preparatory workshop can be of interest for you. The Preparatory Workshop will be held between the 14th to 18th May and can be attended as a stand alone training workshop too.
If you are interested in possibly participating in WHA72 Watch please fill in the form below. Please complete the form by 28th February 2019. If you are able to attend only the Workshop indicate this in the form. ( please do note that a small number of watchers ( 1 or 2) will be representing each region/circle due to the team being small ( 8-10) )