Other Geneva institutions engaged in global health

This might once become a really long list. For the time being we start with the following:

  • Civil society networks
  • NGOs engaged in global health
  • Advocacy organizations and news services
  • Academic institutions engaged in global health
  • International federations and associations

You will find some of them among the members of the Geneva Global Health Hub.

Alliance for Health Promotion (A4HP)

“The Alliance for Health Promotion is an international NGO, in Official Relations with the World Health Organization, in Consultative Status with ECOSOC and registered with the State of Geneva since 2008. NGOs from different sectors with a strong commitment to health promotion are among its founding members. Through its wide network the Alliance reaches out to local communities, even those in remote areas. The Alliance Mission is to strengthen global efforts to improve health by bridging the gap between international declarations and local realities, catalyzing and galvanazing CSOs health promotion actions and, advocating for a holistic approach to health.”

CARE International

“CARE International is a global confederation of 14 member organisations working together to end poverty. The CARE International Secretariat coordinates and supports this network to achieve our common impact goals and shared global priorities in line with our global CARE 2020 Vision and Program Strategy. It leads CARE’s global advocacy and represents the confederation at the United Nations, the European Union and at key global forums.”

Centrale Sanitaire Suisse Romande (CSSR)

“The Centrale Sanitaire Suisse Romande (CSSR) is a Swiss association based in Geneva, which supports those who fight for a fair society and a better access to health care in Southern countries.”

Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)

“The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) is an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization established jointly by WHO and UNESCO in 1949. Through its membership, CIOMS is representative of a substantial proportion of the biomedical scientific community.”

Council on Health Research for Development – COHRED

“The Council on Health Research for Development, is a global, non-profit organization whose goal is to maximize the potential of research and innovation to deliver sustainable solutions to the health and development problems of people living in low and middle-income countries.”

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance

“The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, an ecumenical initiative of the World Council of Churches, is a global network of churches and related organizations committed to campaigning together on common concerns for justice and human dignity. Current campaign issues are  HIV and AIDS, food security and sustainable agriculture.”

Enfants du Monde

“Enfants du Monde is a Swiss organisation based in Geneva. We have provided quality education and access to health services for children and mothers in the poorest countries of the world for over 45 years. We provide basic education for children focusing on the quality of teaching and the development of the student’s autonomy. We facilitate access to health services and improve the quality of care for the benefit of pregnant women, mothers and babies through the active engagement of the local population.”

FDI World Dental Federation

FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities.

FIAN International

FIAN International was founded in 1986 as the first international human rights organization to advocate for the realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition. FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people’s right to food wherever they may occur. We stand up against unjust and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves. The struggle against gender discrimination and other forms of exclusion is integral part of our mission. We strive to secure people’s access to the resources that they need in order to feed themselves, now and in the future.


“FIND is an international non-profit organization that enables the development and delivery of much-needed diagnostic tests for poverty-related diseases, including tuberculosis, malaria, sleeping sickness, hepatitis C, HIV, leishmaniasis, Buruli ulcer and Chagas disease.”

Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER)

“The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) is a non-profit organisation established in 2002. It is supported by the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Department of Social Affairs of the City of Geneva and other Swiss and international institutions. The Foundation works in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). The overall objectives of the Foundation are to furnish health education and research programmes that can be applied by developing countries, and countries in economic transition, and to establish collaboration between entities from the public and private sectors.”

Geneva Health Forum (GHF)

“The GHF has become a space for dialogue and major exchanges between field practitioners, the university hospitals, the public and private sectors, the international organisations and the non-governmental organisations.”

Global Social Observatory (GSO)

“The Global Social Observatory (GSO) is an international organization founded in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland in April 2004. The mission of the GSO is to initiate dialogue on social issues in order to encourage leaders to engage in a broadened search for solutions and policy coherence.”

Geneva federation for cooperation and development – FGC

“The FGC, more than 45 years working for a solidary world! The Geneva federation for cooperation and development (FGC) has been active since 1966 and works with its member organizations (around 60 NGOs) and their partners in order to reduce inequalities in the world and promote the liberty of choice of societies and Peoples in their construction of a better life, be it economic, social and cultural.”

Handicap International

“Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.”

Intellectual Property Watch

“A non-profit independent news service, reports on the interests and behind-the-scenes dynamics that influence the design and implementation of international intellectual property policies.”

International AIDS Society (IAS)

“Founded in 1988, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries working on all fronts of the global AIDS response. The IAS is also the steward of the world’s two most prestigious HIV conferences – the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on HIV Science.”

International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN-GIFA)

“IBFAN was founded in 1979.  It is a network of 273 groups in 168 countries. Member groups include consumer organisations, health workers associations, parents’ groups and diversity of organizations in the social justice movement. It has also individual members.”

International Council of Nurses (ICN)

“The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations (NNAs), representing the more than 16 million nurses worldwide.  Founded in 1899, ICN is the world’s first and widest reaching international organisation for health professionals.  Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.”

International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)

“ICVA is a platform for increased collaboration and coordination between NGOs and other humanitarian actors, which is crucial to improving the lives of communities affected by humanitarian crises.”

International Disability Alliance (IDA)

“IDA is an alliance of networks. We represent our members to empower organisations of persons with disablities at the United Nations. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is our touchstone.”

International International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP)

“ILEP was born out of a need to co-ordinate the work of anti-leprosy organisations supporting activities in leprosy endemic countries, to prevent overlap and avoid duplication in funding. Founded in 1966, ILEP is a Federation of 15 international non-governmental organisations. Our Members are present in 67 countries, working on approx. 700 projects and over $2.5 million is spent on leprosy research per year.”

International Hospital Federation (IHF)

“The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an international not for profit, non-governmental membership organization. Our members are worldwide hospitals and healthcare organizations having a distinct relationship with the provision of healthcare. We provide them with a platform for the exchange of knowledge and strategic experience as well as opportunities for international collaborations with different actors in the health sector.”

International Paediatric Federation (IPA)

“The International Pediatric Association (IPA) was formed in Paris in 1910 by a group of European pediatricians who assembled for the First International Congress of Pediatrics in 1912. Over the years, the IPA has evolved into a non-governmental organization with a membership of 144 National Pediatric Societies from 139 countries, 10 Regional Pediatric Societies representing all areas of the world, and 13 International Pediatric Specialty Societies including the International Pediatric Chairs Association and the World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons.”

Médecins Sans Frontières International (MSF)

“Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.”

Medicus Mundi International – Network Health for All (MMI)

“Medicus Mundi International – Network Health for All (MMI) is a network of organizations working in the field of international health cooperation and global health. The Network promotes access to health and health care as a fundamental human right and supports the efforts undertaken in this respect by its members. MMI is an NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization.” MMI hosts the secretariat of G2H2 in its recently opened Geneva office.

NCD Alliance

“NCD Alliance unites 2,000 civil society organisations in more than 170 countries, dedicated to improving NCD prevention and control worldwide.”

NGO Committee on the Status of Women

“The Committee and its Working Groups objective is to work in partnership with the UN and its specialised agencies to influence governments to respect the commitments they have made at world conferences and through international conventions and principles, and to maintain a global momentum for mainstreaming gender equality.”

NGO Forum for Health

“A consortium of health organizations founded in 1978, the NGO Forum is committed to the rights-based design and implementation of global health policy. International in its membership, the NGO Forum for Health is a registered non-profit association based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum offers its members an information exchange and serves as a platform for advocacy and concerted action.”

Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP)

“PHAP is the individual-based professional association bringing together all parts of the humanitarian sector. With a shared vision that human life and dignity are safeguarded in the face of humanitarian crises, the association’s mission is to empower capable and informed professionals to transform humanitarian action.”

The Graduate Institute, Global Health Centre

“The Centre’s activities focus on two pillars, namely global health governance and global health diplomacy, which inform each other: The academic analysis of challenges and shifts in global health governance and global governance for health contribute to the capacity building of decision-makers and representative from governments, international organisations, global health initiatives and other stakeholders in global governance for health, such as civil society, foundations, private sector, platforms and alliances.”

Third World Network (TWN)

“Third World Network (TWN) is an independent non-profit international network of organisations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, developing countries and North-South affairs.”

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

“We unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.”

University of Geneva: Institute of Global Health

“The Institute of Global Health was founded in January 2014 as a transformation of the former Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine. This transformation was decided by the University of Geneva as a continuation of efforts to develop academic global health given the unique location of Geneva in the field..”

World Federation for Mental Health

“Founded in 1948, the mission of our international organization includes: The prevention of mental and emotional disorders; The proper treatment and care of those with such disorders; And the promotion of mental health.”

World Health Professions Alliance WHPA

“The World Health Professions Alliance WHPA brings together the global organizations representing the world’s dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and physicians and speaks for more than 26 million health care professionals in more than 130 countries. WHPA works to improve global health and the quality of patient care and facilitates collaboration among the health professions and major stakeholders.”

World Heart Federation

“The World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the global fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. With a focus on low- and middle-income countries, we are the only global advocacy and leadership organization bringing together the CVD community to help people lead heart-healthy lives”

World Medical Association

“The World Medical Association (WMA) is an international organization representing physicians. As an organization promoting the highest possible standards of medical ethics, the WMA provides ethical guidance to physicians through its Declarations, Resolutions and Statements. These also help to guide National Medical Associations, governments and international organizations throughout the world.”