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Diverse Pathways and Partnerships to Universal Health Coverage

Organized by
Global Health Council, Living Goods, IntraHealth International, and Frontline HealthWorkers Coalition

May 24
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Geneva Press Club
106 Route de Ferney 1202
Geneva, Switzerland


Global Health Council, Living Goods, IntraHealth International, and Frontline Health Workers Coalition cordially invite you to a discussion on how Universal Health Coverage can be financed at local, national, and regional or global levels to ensure access to essential services by all citizens. This event will feature new models for innovative financing in countries and collaborative opportunities with donors or investors, governments, and implementing organizations. We also will explore the role domestic resource mobilization and community economic empowerment PLAY in access to health care both today and in years to come.

From the Ground Up: NCDs, TB, and Resilient Health Systems

Organized by Global Health Council, NCD Roundtable, Stop TB Partnership, and ACTION

May 23
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CEST
Club suisse de la presse – Geneva Press Club
106 Route de Ferney
1202 Geneva, Switzerland


Weak health systems that cannot provide a full spectrum of quality care combined with the double burden of NCDs and TB impede economic growth, and undermine progress toward global poverty eradication, including existing and future development goals such as Universal Health Coverage (UHC). With WHO Director-General Tedros making UHC his top priority and with the NCD and TB High-Level Meetings approaching, it is a strategic time for the NCD and TB communities to coordinate efforts and use integrated care to show how health systems can address multiple health challenges in low-resource settings.

ACTION, Global Health Council, NCD Roundtable, and the STOP TB Partnership cordially invite you to a discussion on how the UHC agenda will need to address the double burden of NCDs and TB in low- and middle- income countries.

Value of a Global Health Security Index (World Health Assembly Side-Event)

Organized by Multiple Partners or Sponsors

Save the Date
Breakfast Side-Event: Value of a Global Health Security Index
May 23
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Intercontinental Hotel, Ballroom B-C
Geneva, Switzerland


NTI-Bio, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and The Economist Intelligence Unit, will convene a side event at WHA 2018 to discuss the value of a Global Health Security (GHS) Index in reducing the threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. This event will be co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank Group and has been supported by the Open Philanthropy Projectthe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Robertson Foundation.

For questions, please contact Dr. Beth Cameron, Vice President for Biological Policy and Programs (+1 (202) 296-4810cameron@nti.org).

About the Global Health Security Index Project:

The purpose of a GHS Index is to create a national-level assessment that, can be applied to all countries, drawing on publicly available information, measured by an independent non-governmental entity, and informed by a global panel of experts.  The GHS Index framework was developed in consultation with international experts from 12 countries. The framework’s six categories include indicators that assess country capability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, and take into consideration political and socio-economic risk factors and a country’s broader healthcare system.  The GHS Index also draws from internationally-accepted technical assessments, including the WHO International Health Regulations (IHR) Joint External Evaluation and the OIE Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway.

The project team anticipates that a regularly produced GHS Index will serve as a tool for country governments, development banks, and donors to more systematically prioritize financing to fill vital gaps in-country capability to prevent, detect, and respond to biological events before they can spread or lead to cascading and further destabilizing effects.

Key Objectives of the GHS Index:

1) Stimulate political will and create accountability for new and continuing health security investments and provide trend information over time.
2) Highlight the need for leaders to place a continued priority on global health security.
3) Increase international financing for national plans to fill identified gaps.
4) Recognize countries that have taken concrete actions to improve their own capacity and, in turn, global security.
5) Motivate countries to undertake follow-on work to address shortcomings in current health security capabilities.

Driving Novel Partnerships Throughout the NCD Life-Cycle: New Approaches to Preventing and Treating Respiratory and Cardiovascular Diseases in LMICs

Organized by AstraZeneca


As the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) continues to grow, it is essential to support patients throughout their lifecycle, from NCD prevention to early detection and ultimately treatment, if needed. Please join us to learn about AstraZeneca’s commitment to doing its part by engaging in and testing new partnerships to support patients across their life-cycle, with a focus on public health promotion, service integration and optimizing existing health investments for patients who are not today receiving the care they need.

Registration for the event begins at 7:30 AM.

Global Health Council (GHC) World Health Assembly (WHA) Welcome Reception

Organized by

May 20, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lobby at Hotel Royal
Rue de Lausanne 41, 1201
Geneva, Switzerland


We invite all Global Health Council members, partners and delegates to attend our annual World Health Assembly (WHA) Welcome Reception, held on May 20, 2018, at the Hotel Royal Lobby in Geneva, Switzerland. We hope to see you there!

*Please note that GHC delegates may pick up their WHA badges at this event.*

About the WHA:

Each year, senior health officials from Member States come to Geneva to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA). It is at WHA that the World Health Organization (WHO)’s work is reviewed, new goals are set, and new tasks assigned. Some of the main functions of the WHA are to determine the policies of WHO, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget.

For more information on Global Health Council at WHA, visit www.globalhealth.org/wha71.

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