Women and Global Health: Eight Items We Will Be Tracking at WHA71

Images by Caity Jackson, Co-Founder & Director of Communications Released: 21 May 2018 The 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) in May 2018 will be the first led by the new DG WHO, Dr Tedros. Dr Tedros has made such a firm impression as the ‘people’s DG’ through twitter and personal meetings that it seems like he has been in the post for much longer. It has been less than a year. This will be an important opportunity for Dr Tedros to convince Health Ministers and senior decision makers in the global health community to get behind his vision for WHO. This will also be the first WHA in their current posts for the WHO senior leadership team (60% women) appointed by Dr Tedros. Most are familiar wi

WGH's summary of SwitchPoint 2018, produced by IntraHealth International

SwitchPoint is an energizing, unconference, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds in global health and development, alongside artists, to inspire new ideas and approaches to the challenges we face. Women in Global Health's Executive Director, Roopa Dhatt, shared WGH’s inception story and the challenges faced for the first time while also presenting in three sessions: 'Frontline Health', 'Powerful Women', and 'Sex, Data, and Women’s Rights'. The 'Frontline Health' session featured English Sall, Madeleine Ballard, Nick Gordon, and Roopa Dhatt who discussed how we support community health workers. Through this session, the presenters attempted explore the topic by asking 'what is th

Regional Director, EMRO WHO: Why Elect Another Man?

One of the items of business at the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva on May 19th, 2018 will be the election of a new Regional Director (RD) for WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) following the untimely death in October 2017 of RD Dr Mahmoud Fikri. In 2017 the election of Dr Tedros Adhanom promised a new approach and renewed focus on gender equality both in WHO’s leadership and programming based on the understanding that gender equality is smart global health. The achievement of gender parity in leadership at WHO headquarters has not yet been matched by similar progress at regional and country levels. WHO currently has four women Regional Directors out of six (EMRO is

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