The World Health Organisation (WHO) is responsible for managing global health policy and monitoring trends and data related to health, disease and development. The World Health Assembly (WHA) acts as the decision-making body of the organisation and takes place annually in Geneva, with up to 3,000 attendees participating in the event.

The assembly determines the policies of the organisation, appoints the Director-General, supervises financial policies and approves program budgets. Key agenda items include: 

  • Implementation of the United Nations’ High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

  • Development of universal health coverage systems, particularly in low- to middle-income countries

  • Global vaccine plan

  • Antimicrobial resistance

  • Impacts of climate change on population health outcomes

At WHA, our Global Voices Scholars will have the opportunity to personalise their own daily itinerary to determine the official side-events, technical briefings, and civil-society events they would like to attend, based on topics that they are passionate about and that complement their subject matter interests.

Because of our substantial reputation in this space, Global Voices is able to secure high-level meetings with the Australian official delegation, including the Chief Medical Office and the Federal Department of Health, as well as the World Health Organisation, to learn more about their priorities for the assembly.

2019 Global Voices Scholars at the 73rd world health assembly.

2019 Global Voices Scholars at the 73rd world health assembly.