Heroines of Health: Celebrating

Women in Global Health

2019 Heroines of Health Award Reception & Gala

Women make up 70 percent of the global health workforce and contribute nearly $3 trillion to the health and social sector. They are the leaders and drivers of health in their communities, and without them, universal health coverage (UHC) will not be possible. Far too often their life-saving contributions go unrecognized and their inspiring stories stay untold. We at Women in Global Health want to change that. For the third year in a row, alongside the 72nd World Health Assembly, Women in Global Health is thrilled to award seven remarkable women the 2019 Heroines of Health honor for their leadership in global health.


Recognition and profile-raising of female leaders in global health is a key priority of Women in Global Health and our partners. We know leading women like our Heroines of Health have a tremendous impact on shaping the future of global health and deserve to be heard. By recognizing these remarkable women and their achievements, we believe we can drive necessary change for gender equity matters and positively influence local, regional, and global health policies related to UHC. Aligned with our community’s shared commitment to UHC, these extraordinary women are advancing health for all through dedicated efforts to strengthen community health and/or the community health workforce.


We thank Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic Foundation, Pathfinder International, and United Nations Foundation for their help to make this important recognition possible.


Meet the 2019 Heroines of Health

Read about the seven esteemed women here.


Please view our press release here. For media inquiries, contact communications@womeningh.org.

2018 Heroines of Health Award Reception & Gala

Women in Global Health and GE Healthcare joined forces to celebrate and honor nine women for their commitment and achievements in global health at the 2nd annual 'Heroines of Health Award Reception and Gala' on May 20 in Geneva, Switzerland, ahead of the 71st World Health Assembly. 'Heroines of Health' seeks to highlight women’s significant contribution to healthcare. Women continue to make up a comparatively small percentage of global health leadership, despite holding the majority of jobs in global healthcare. Seventy percent of workers in the health and social work
sectors are women, while women only comprise 31 percent of health ministers and 25 percent of deans of top public health and medical schools.

We would like to thank our co-sponsoring organizations: GE, IntraHealth International, Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGs), Global Health Council, Women Deliver, Frontline Healthcare Workers Coalition, The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and the United Nations Foundation.

Meet the 2017 Heroines of Health

Meet the 2018 Heroines of Health

Meet the 2018 Heroines of Health

2017 Heroines of Health Award Reception & Gala

It was an incredible privilege for the Women in Global Health and GE Healthcare teams - along with our co-sponsors, United Nations Foundation, Global Health Council, Global Health Centre-Graduate Institute, Women Deliver, Government Offices of Sweden, IntraHealth International, Frontline Health Workers Coalition and Research in Ethics Gender Studies (RinGS) - to celebrate amazing women among diverse, committed partners from around the world, from across sectors, spanning all areas of global health advocacy. These women are working tirelessly to improve global health with dedication and passion to champion better healthcare for all. Our teams are committed to help recognize, develop and grow women’s leadership. This is just the start.

Read about the 13 esteemed Heroines of Health here.

Watch the trailer for GE Healthcare’s new documentary in June that follows three of our 2017 Heroines of Health – Dr. Sharmila Anand, Mercy Owuor and Mrs. Rohani – from sunrise to sunset to answer one question: how have these individuals made an impact on the disparity that exists in global health in a way much of the world is still striving to do? 

Meet the 2017 Heroines of Health

At the 70th World Health Assembly, these women leaders in health were recognized for their phenomenal efforts in bettering the health of their communities, and inspiring women around the world.

Watch the documentary 'Heroines of Health' by Lisa Russell

This short film follows 3 of the Heroines of Health through their daily work. Meet Mercy, Dr. Sharmila and Mrs. Rohani and hear their stories.

For media, contact communications@womeningh.org