Heroines of Health - Sharing the Untold Story of Super-Women at the Frontlines of Global Health

I had an interesting encounter this week at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA). A man asked a woman to get coffee. The woman – a senior global health professional with an intergovernmental organization – mistaken for a waitress. The most unfortunate thing? He did not even realize his mistake. There was no apology. Not from him nor the other two men that accompanied him. Yet, this was not a singular incident. Many women in global health have had similar stories to share. Despite women making up 70% of the global health-workforce, they are often rendered invisible by gender norms, and unconscious biases. So much so, that we often forget that there are many amazing women at the frontlines of

Key take-away messages from technical briefing on primary health care as a key to achieving universa

Christine Mbodze Mataza, Nurse in charge, Kilifi County, Kenya and Heroine of Health spoke at this briefing in the Palais des nations, alongside Director General Dr. Tedros. The technical briefing reviewed lessons learnt on the implementation of primary health care over these past four decades. This session informed the future implementation of primary health care toward universal health coverage in our globalized world. Women in Global Health's take away messages from this session are: 1- Primary Health Care is a key pillar of Universal Health Coverage. We must invest in communities and invest in the health workforce to achieve both, especially in women as drivers of health. 2- Involving al

WGH Joins the Universal Health Coverage 2030 (UHC2030) Global Compact and Movement

It was my privilege on May 23rd at the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) to sign the UHC2030 Global Compact on behalf of Women in Global Health (WGH). The side event “Member States Commitment to the Global Movement towards Universal Health Coverage: Focused Actions on Primary Health Care and Financing for Effective Delivery & UHC2030 Global Compact Signing Ceremony” was organized by the Government of Indonesia and co-sponsored by Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, Australia (MIKTA), Ghana and the Maldives and illustrated once again the commitment to realise UHC everywhere and for everyone, leaving no-one behind. WGH became a signatory to the Global Compact at the event along with the go

ICN ICM WHO Triad meeting 'Engaging nursing and midwifery stakeholders for effective multisector

Global Health is turning more and more to civil society for engagement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have an opportunity to contribute to global health in many ways. This session explored the role of civil society and other multi-sectoral stakeholders and how nursing and midwifery leaders may engage to advance nursing and midwifery globally. The room was completely filled with nursing and midwives representing their constituents from around the world, demonstrating the power of this community and their passion to contribute to the global dialogue while addressing national realities. This broad panel showcased a range of ways to eng

Women’s Leadership in Global Health at the Youth Pre-World Health Assembly

Students and young professionals from 30+ countries have been gathering for the Youth Pre-World Health Assembly (Pre-WHA), hosted by the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and the Graduate Institute, to prepare themselves for the World Health Assembly since 2013. The Pre-WHA is an opportunity for youth working in global health to learn new skills, gain insights from top leaders of global health and make policy positions for the WHA. Founded by Women in Global Health's Executive Director, Dr Roopa Dhatt in 2013, when she served as the IFMSA President, she had a unique opportunity to present as a keynote speaker on Women’s Leadership in Global Health, at the 6th

#AidToo: Sexual exploitation in international cooperation

After the surfacing of widespread and persistent sexual abuse and exploitation by the staff of relief organisations in the early 2018, the aid and development community is looking for answers. While prevention and adequate response are fundamental, at the same time the development community needs the courage to evaluate and address the root causes of sexual exploitation and abuse. This session explored, among others, the following questions: How should organisations working in the fields of humanitarian aid and development respond to discoveries of allegations of abuse by their staff? What is required to ensure a wider societal and structural change in behaviour, attitudes and institutional

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