70th World Health Assembly

May 22-31, 2017 | Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. 

Two years after the introduction of WHA resolution 68.15, which recognized the important role of strengthening surgical and anaesthesia care as part of universal health coverage, we would like to reflect on commitments and progress made by countries and civil society partners to help advance this landmark resolution.

On May 22nd, the G4 Alliance, in partnership with GE Foundation and SafeSurgery2020, hosted a succesful side global surgery advocacy event. Watch it here!  

Speakers included: 

  • Dr. Thomas E Price, US Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Mpoki Ulisubisya, PS of MoH, Tanzania
  • H.E Prof. Yifru Berhan Mitke, MoH, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Emmauel Malabo Makasa, Counselor of Health, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia
  • Mr. John Flannery, Senior VP, GE
  • Dr. Tigistu Adamu Ashengo, Associate Medical Direct, Jhpiego
  • Dr. John Meara, Director, Harvard Program in Global Surgery & Social Change (PGSSC) 
  • Ms. Asha Varghese, Director, Global Health, GE


G4 Alliance Permanent Council Meeting

In parallel with the 70th World Health Assembly, the G4 Alliance held its first Permanent Council Meeting on May 20th and 21st. If  you missed it, watch the recordings!


WHA Highlights

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Surgery Advocacy EvenT

This advocacy event will convene a group of global leaders to discuss progress towards WHA resolution 68.15, as well as the challenges faced to date and the importance of partnerships and collaborations.  The event will feature special remarks from ministers of health taking action to implement national surgical and anaesthesia care plans, as well as the civil society partners who are helping to strengthen surgical and anaesthesia care.


Calendar of WHA Events 

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is one of the busiest times of year for the global health community. Want to stay up to date on events taking place during the 70th WHA?  We have created a calendar of events to help you coordinate your time in Geneva this May. This calendar will be updated on a regular basis. 

Have we missed an event?                      

Please send details to: sarah.hamilton@theg4alliance.org 


Official Side Event Hosted by WHO Member STates

The WHO has approved an official side event entitled: "Scaling-up Access to Emergency & Essential Surgical, Obstetric and Anesthesia care for better health systems and sustainable development."

This event is scheduled for May 26 at 12:00pm in the Palais des Nations (Special WHA Passes required) and  is co-sponsored by Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nicaragua, Tonga, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.