Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly

21–30 May 2023

The Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly (WHA) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 21–30 May 2023, under the theme: WHO at 75: Saving lives, driving health for all. WHA is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision-making body – convened annually in May and attended by delegations from all the WHO Member States with a focus on specific health-related agenda prepared by the WHO Executive Board. For more information about WHA, click here.

Amref Health Africa in partnership with the Ministry of Health Kenya, and the WHO will host the following  high-level dialogues on key public health issues affecting Africa.


High Level Ministerial Meeting on Strengthening Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery from Public Health Emergencies through Amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005)

Monday 22 May: 18.00 - 20.00 (CET) Palais des Nations, Room XXII, Geneva, Switzerland.

This event at the 76th World Health Assembly will bring together Health Ministers from Africa to generate high-level conversations and share information, with the objective of rallying high level support and enhanced commitment by African countries in the International Health Regulations (IHR) amendment. It will also focus on joint commitments to improving pandemic prevention, preparedness and response (PPR), including the development of the new pandemic accord (treaty), as well as strengthening efforts towards mobilizing financial support to countries through the Pandemic Fund.

Developing Fit-for –Purpose Health Workforce for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa | Tuesday 23 May: 10.00 – 12.00 (CET)

Tuesday 23 May: 10.00 – 12.00 (CET), DOHA Meeting Room, Hilton Hotel | Geneva

The main aim of the event is to convene government, private sector stakeholders and’ development partners in Africa around the key commitments made at UNGA 2022 to develop and sustain a fit-for-purpose health workforce for Universal Health Coverage in Africa.

Partnership to Support African Member States’ Implementation of COP26 Commitments and Participation in future COPs | Wednesday 24 May: 18.00 – 20.00 (CET)

Wednesday 24 May: 18.00 – 20.00 (CET), Palais des Nations, 1st Floor Building E, Room XXV, Geneva, Switzerland

This inter-ministerial dialogue at the 76th World Health Assembly will build on the High-level inter-ministerial meeting on cholera epidemics and climate-related public health emergencies (Lilongwe, Malawi, 9-11 March 2023). The participating countries committed to strengthening multi-sectoral collaboration and coordination with relevant sectors including climate sector in order to enhance the implementation of mitigation [and adaptation] measures aimed at reducing health risks of climate sensitive diseases. It is an opportunity for Ministers of Health from the African Region to define what is at stake for health in forthcoming COPs and to begin the multi-sectoral engagement that will facilitate the amplification of health in the climate change agenda.

After the dialogue, we will launch a regional initiative to support 30 African Member States in meeting their COP26 health commitments. The initiative will support Member States to build technical capacities for vulnerability and adaptation assessments, as well as the development of Health National Adaptation Plans and mobilize additional resources from the private sector and philanthropies for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the health sector.


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