64th World Health Assembly (WHA)
MNCH side events
16 May 2011, 18h00-21h00
NCDs & development
Working together for integrated action and a successful UN Summit
The NCD Alliance and the Lancet organized a multi-stakeholder discussion held Monday 16 May 2011 in the evening.
Moderator: Richard Norton, Editor, The Lancet
- Sir George Alleyne, Director-Emeritus, PAHO;
- Dr Ala Alwan, Assistant Director General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO;
- Dr Berhard Schartländer, Director of the Evidence, Strategy and Results Department, UNAIDS;
- Dr Ariel Pablos-Memdez, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation;
- Ms DeeAnn Stahly, Director, Global Political Affairs, Roche.
17 May 2011, 6:00-7:30PM
WMA: WHA Side Event
Protection of Health Personnel
World Medical Association; US Department of Health and Human Services; Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; IntraHealth International
This briefing brought together WHO staff, key medical organizations, NGOs, human rights organizations, representatives of health ministries and members of civil society to examine ways in which to improve the security of health facilities and health workers in armed conflict. The event provided a means particularly to examine the role WHO can play in providing leadership to develop methodologies and plans for data collection and systematic reporting of assaults on medical functions, personnel and patients.
The panel of speakers included:
- Dr Nils Daulaire (U.S. Representative to WHO Executive Board);
- Dr Robin Coupland (Medical advisor, ICRC);
- Leonard Rubenstein (Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School);
- and Dr Torunn Janbu, President of the Norwegian Medical Association and Chair of the Medical Ethics Committee of WMA.
17 May 2011, 18h00-20h00
GHC: Gates Award for Global Health Event
The Global Health Council is hosting this annual event in conjunction with the 2011 World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan delivered opening remarks. Dr Jeffrey L. Sturchio, President and CEO of the Global Health Council will moderated a panel discussion featuring:
- Dr Chen Zhu, Minister of Health, People's Republic of China;
- Dr Paolo M. Buss, Director, FIOCRUZ Center for Global Health;
- Andrew Jenner, Director, Innovation, Intellectual Property & Trade, IFPMA; and
- Dr Robert Ridley, Director, UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases.
The award was announced by special guest Ambassador John E. Lange, Senior Program Officer for Developing Country Policy & Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Breakfast Briefing on “State of the World's Midwifery 2011”
Some 120 representatives of Ministries of Health and development partners gathered during a side breakfast meeting at the World Health Assembly to discuss the preliminary findings of the first-ever "State of the World’s Midwifery" report – to be published through an initiative led by UNFPA and supported by 27 partners. Find the Full Report link on your right.
18 May 2011, 17h45-19h30
Meeting the health related MDGs by Improving Global Health Governance
World Vision International and Geneva Institute of Global Health
The purpose of this side event at the Sixty-Fourth World Health Assembly was to explain the importance of global health governance as a central component of efforts to improve maternal and child health, inform the discussion of governance at the WHA meeting (linking it to Future Financing of WHO agenda session), encourage delegates to take action to support WHO normative budget and leadership role in Global Health Governance in relation to development through future financing of WHO discussions and to discuss various options for the implementation of WHOs new governance forum and action plan.
Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet Medical Journal, chaired this event.
Delivering on the Promise of Universal Access to Reproductive Health
Geneva Policy Dialogue Series on Reproductive Health
RHR and Aspen Global Health and Development hosted an inaugural event on Delivering on the promise of universal access to reproductive health: countries leading the way. "Achievement of the MDGs depends strongly on improving sexual and reproductive health, especially family planning, which is a key element of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health," said WHO Assistant-Director, Dr Flavia Bustreo. Dr Bustreo pointed out that by meeting the contraceptive needs of women who want to avoid pregnancy, one third of all maternal deaths and 10% of childhood deaths could be prevented. Yet, the unmet need for family planning remains high in low- and middle-income countries. Therefore, she added: "Increasing commitments for reproductive health resources is crucial."
This side event at the Sixty-Fourth World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland was hosted by Ambassador Betty E. King, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. The Geneva Policy Dialogue Series on Reproductive Health is sponsored by Aspen IDEA, an initiative of Aspen Global Health and Development (GHD), and by the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), with financial support from USAID.
Thursday, 19 May 2011, 17.30 to 18.45
Youth and Health Risks
Hosted by Ms Habiba Ezzahi Ben Romdhane, Minister of Health, Tunisia
- Prof. A F M Ruhal Haque, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
- Ms Taru Koivisto, Director Social Affairs and Health, Finland
- Ms Samia Fitouri, Ms Rania Jebri and Mr Ramy Khouili, youth leaders, YPEER Network, Tunisia
- Dr Paul de Lay, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS
- Dr Laura Laski, Chief, Reproductive Health Branch, UNFPA
- Dr Haifa Madi, Director, Health Protection and Promotion, WHO/EMRO
- Ms Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA
Moderator: Dr Elizabeth Mason, Director Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health, WHO