Global health initiatives and partnerships

The institutions listed in this section have different legal status, but are all of them influencial global health actors based in Geneva. Contacts and entry points for civil society engagement can be found on their websites.

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR)

“The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) is an international collaboration hosted by the World Health Organization. Since its inception in 1999, the Alliance’s mission has been to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) as a means to strengthen the health systems of low- and middle-income countries.”

Countdown to 2030. Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival

“Countdown to 2030 tracks coverage levels for health interventions proven to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality. It calls on governments and development partners to be accountable, identifies knowledge gaps, and proposes new actions to reach Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.”

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)

“Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases.”

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA)

“FCA was created in 1999 and formally established in 2003. It is made up of nearly 500 organisations from over 100 countries. FCA works on the development, ratification and implementation of the international treaty, the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).”

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“Created in 2000, Gavi is an international organisation – a global Vaccine Alliance, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.”

Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN)

“The Network will operate within WHO as a global mechanism for stakeholder consultation, dialogue and coordination on comprehensive and coherent health workforce policies in support of the implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 and the recommendations the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.

Global Polio Eradication Initiative

“The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.”

International Health Partnership for UHC 2030 (formerly IHP+)

“IHP+ is a group of partners committed to improving the health of citizens in developing countries. Partners work together to put international principles for development cooperation into practice in the health sector. IHP+ is transforming into the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030 We will become a movement for progress towards universal health coverage, inviting new partners to join.” (September 2016)

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV)

“Our mission is to reduce the burden of malaria in disease-endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering new, effective and affordable antimalarial drugs.”

Roll Back Malaria Partnership

“The RBM Partnership is the global framework to implement coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.”

Stop TB Partnership

“The Stop TB Partnership is leading the way to a world without tuberculosis (TB), a disease that is curable but still kills three people every minute. Founded in 2001, the Partnership’s mission is to serve every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality diagnosis , treatment and care is available to all who need it.”

TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases

“TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and WHO.”

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

“The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.”

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (The Partnership, PMNCH)

“The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (The Partnership, PMNCH) is an alliance of more than 700 organizations in 77 countries from the sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health communities, as well as health influencing sectors. The Partnership provides a platform for organizations to align objectives, strategies and resources, and agree on interventions to improve maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.”


“UNITAID is engaged in finding new ways to prevent, treat and diagnose HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria more quickly, more cheaply and more effectively.  It takes game-changing ideas and turns them into practical solutions that can help accelerate the end of the three diseases. Established in 2006 by Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom to provide an innovative approach to global health, UNITAID plays an important part in the global effort to defeat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, by facilitating and speeding up the availability of improved health tools, including medicines and diagnostics.”

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

“The Convention Secretariat was established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) and is hosted by WHO in Geneva. The main functions of the Secretariat aim at supporting Parties in fulfilling their obligations under the Convention, providing the necessary support to the COP and translating the decisions of the COP into programme activities.”

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on prevention and control of NCDs (GCM/NCD)

“The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on prevention and control of NCDs (GCM/NCD) was established by the WHO Director-General on 15 September 2014. The scope and purpose of the GCM/NCD is to enhance the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020.”