18-19 May 2018: Civil society meetings ahead of the 71st World Health Assembly
The civil society meetings ahead of the 71st World Health Assembly, in May 2018, built on a long history of civil society engagement in global health governance and policy. The meetings organized by the Geneva Global Health Hub and its working groups and members aimed at contributing to joint reflection and strategizing undertaken by civil society institutions considering themselves as “acting in the public interest”.
The Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) set up in 2016 intends to contribute to longer-term strategic thinking and coherent and sustained action by civil society entities involved in global health advocacy. G2H2 had its second Annual General Meeting on Saturday morning, 19 May.
The civil society meetings were kindly hosted by the World Council of Churches at the Ecumenical Centre.
- Civil Society meetings 18-19 May 2018 – Friday workshop
- Civil Society meetings 18-19 May 2018 – Saturday sessions
Contact/enquiries: G2H2 Secretariat
Friday, 18 May 2018, Civil society workshop
40 Years of Alma-Ata: Translating “Health for All” into the Present and Future
The Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 emerged as a major milestone in the field of global public health. Referring to the social, political and structural determinants of health, emphasizing the importance of accountability to the people, and proposing comprehensive Primary Health Care (PHC) as key to the attainment of the goal of Health for All, the Declaration still reads as a visionary and revolutionary text.
2018 is the year of commemorating and celebrating 40 years of the Alma-Ata declaration. The official “AA40” celebration will take place on 25-26 October 2018 in Kazakhstan. In our full-day workshop, we critically revisited the Alma-Ata Declaration and the core principles expressed in it (in particular: addressing determinants of health; global solidarity for health equity; accountability to the people and communities, access to comprehensive health care services for all through a system structured around the principles of Comprehensive Primary Health Care) for its potential to be used as inspiration and guidance in our quest for Health for All.
The workshop was organized by the G2H2 Task Group “40 Years of Alma-Ata”, with representatives of Brot für die Welt, Difäm, medico international, MMI Network, People’s Health Movement, World Council of Churches and World Federation of Mental Health and supported by the G2H2 Secretariat.
- Declaration of Alma-Ata
1978, WHO website
- Consultation statement of the civil society workshop, 18 May 2018
“40 Years of Alma-Ata: Translating ‘Health for All’ into the Present and Future”
More information: website
Download PDF: statement
- Testimonial by David Legge, People’s Health Movement
AA40 – 18May2018 – David Legge
- PPT slides related to the testimonial by Gisela Schneider, Difäm:
AA40 – 18May2018 – Gisela Schneider
Saturday, 19 May 2018, 9.00-10.45 hrs
Geneva Global Health Hub: Second Annual General Meeting
The Members of the Geneva Global Health Hub discussed and adopted the 2017 financial statement and narrative report and the budget for the current year 2018 and elected the G2H2 Steering Committee for the period 2018-2020.
“We build a strong civil society space in Geneva
for more democratic global health governance.”
Saturday, 19 May 2018, 11.00-13.15 hrs
Civil Society Engagement in Global Health:
At WHO Governing Body Meetings and Beyond
Key Items on the Agenda of the 71st World Health Assembly and the 143rd Session of the WHO Executive Board. An introduction was given by the WHO Watch team (People’s Health Movement).
The contribution of civil society engagement to the achievement of Health for All. Presentation of a research report (People’s Health Movement).
Saturday, 19 May 2018, 14.00-17.00 hrs
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Are We Off Track?
The AMR session took the form of Round Tables with extensive discussions with the audience. The session was organized and chaired by Garance Upham, WAAAR. The session topic was selected by G2H2 based on a call for proposals.
Saturday, 19 May 2018, 17.00-19.00 hrs
“Cheese, wine and chocolate”
Networking and tasting buffet for meeting participants and invited guests
organized and hosted by Garance and her great team