World Health Assembly 2017

On May 22, 2017- student and novice nurses, for the first time, were invited to attend the biggest global health policy meeting- the World Health Assembly (WHA).  

  The Assembly Hall of the 70th World Health Assembly, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on the morning of the opening of the event. May 22, 2017

The Assembly Hall of the 70th World Health Assembly, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on the morning of the opening of the event. May 22, 2017

The WHA decision-making body of the WHO and is attended by all of the Member States, the WHO Executive Council, non-state actors, media, and observers. The World Health Assembly is hosted annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

So what's the big deal with GASNN being present at the WHA? 
It is the biggest stage for the student and novice nurses voice to be heard.

The WHA offered GASNN limitless networking opportunities leading to what we hope are meaningful and substantial partnerships. We have connected with different departments at the World Health Organization that student and novice nurses need to be engaged in such as . We have connected with other student and novice health practitioner organizations. We have connected with NGOs to engage on shared priorities.
Most of all, as an organization who is quite new, being at the WHA allowed GASNN to begin to gain visibility for the student and novice nurse voice that has been absent in global health policy. 

What happened at the 2017 WHA?

The WHA said farewell to Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO for two terms. 

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For the first time ever, WHO Director-General was elected from an African Member-State. 

On the 23rd of May 2017, the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.

Health Care in Danger- keeping health care workers safe during humanitarian contexts was a topic of discussion at many side events throughout the WHA. 

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Health Care in Danger: The Human Cost Documentary

The law says hospitals, ambulances and health-care workers must be protected and should never be targeted as they carry out their regular duties. This is often far from the reality. Worldwide, the lack of safe access to health care is causing untold suffering to millions of people.