75th World Health Assembly

The 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place 20–28 May 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland. On the sidelines of this important global health meeting, FIND is participating in these various events.


Covid 2.0 lessons learned from global pandemics and infectious diseases
12:00, 17 May 2022, Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our public health from many perspectives and exacerbated global inequalities enabling new variants to emerge and spread amongst populations. However, despite this the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated efforts to speed up innovation in vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities and capacities and resulted in important engagement between scientific, governing and industrial bodies. The detection, monitoring and control of infectious disease is an ongoing and evolving challenge. How do we ensure that this new understanding and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic can be leveraged to reduce the burden of disease for a better future for global health for infectious diseases.

Sergio Carmona, Chief Medical Office at FIND will give a speech on infectious disease threats of HPV and TB.


NCDs in a post-COVID world: how can we learn from the impact of the pandemic on NCD care and support resilient healthcare systems?
12:30–14:00, 23 May 2022, InterContinental Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland

This side event organized by Roche at the World Health Assembly will bring together experts from the public and private sector to discuss the importance of strengthening healthcare system resilience in a post-COVID era to end the NCD crisis, specifically the cancer epidemic, and prepare for future global crises.

Beatrice Vetter, Deputy Director, NCD Programme at FIND will be a panelist on this side event.


Round table: the role of In Vitro Diagnostics for Access to Care
10:30–11:30, 24 May 2022, InterContinental Hotel, Room London, Geneva, Switzerland

A side event organized by Siemens Healthineers. The importance of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) testing and technologies in any health system has finally received more attention since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We all have seen that both laboratory diagnostics and point-of-care diagnostics play a vital role to provide the right diagnosis and treatment for patients and thus to save lives.

How can IVDs be applied in health systems for pandemic preparedness but also for providing access to care to everyone in need? This roundtable event will bring insights on IVD from different angles, compare learnings gained during the pandemic, and discuss how IVD can and should be used to strengthen healthcare systems, especially in lower resource settings. We want to align on concrete steps and commitment that is needed from various healthcare actors and stakeholders to serve optimized patient care and health systems efficiency.

Sergio Carmona, Chief Medical Officer at FIND will take part in the round table on this side event.


Strengthening the governance of health data
18:00, 25 May 2022, InterContinental Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland

Transform Health, FIND, Fondation Botnar, PATH, PMNCH, PharmAccess and UNITE have the pleasure to invite you to a side event on the margins of the 75th World Health Assembly.

The side event will bring together diverse stakeholder perspectives on why we need stronger governance of health data – including a global health data governance framework – as well as national perspectives on what can be done to advance this agenda. The recently launched equity and human rights-based Health Data Governance Principles (endorsed by over 80 organisations) will be presented during the event, which are a key step towards a global framework.


Walk The Talk: the health for all challenge
08:30, 22 May 2022, Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The World Health Organization will organize the 3rd edition in Geneva of the “Walk the Talk: Health For All Challenge” on Sunday 22 May, on the morning of the World Health Assembly.

This in-person event will invite participants to run or walk over two routes: 3 km and 4.2 km. People of all ages and abilities will start at Place des Nations from 8.30am.

People around the world are invited to take part in the event by tracking their performances through a dedicated app. By registering, participants will receive a login to take part-in anywhere in the world. More information is coming soon.