15 May 2019

A Guide to EWEC Events in the margins of WHA72

This year’s WHA72 on 20-28 May, will be the first following the Organization’s adoption of a new strategic five-year plan towards three targets: 1 billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage (UHC); 1 billion more people better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and wellbeing by 2023.

Official technical briefings will reflect these targets and achieving Health for All. Side events will cover many topics related to the life course including the EWEC Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, healthy ageing, midwifery, primary health care and cervical cancer, among other topics.

The Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Secretariat along with its ecosystem partners (PMNCH, the GFF, the EWEC Innovation Marketplace and H6 agencies) will host several events, covering diverse topics related to women’s, children’s and adolescent’ health, including but not limited to health innovations, the recognition and inclusion of SRHR in the UHC Agenda in line with PMNCH’s Call to Action, as well as UHC in humanitarian and fragile settings.

One of the events on health innovations in low and middle income countries, is linked to the Transform pillar, and will discuss the scientific research and upgraded technological capabilities that provide solutions to maternal, newborn child and adolescent health. Another event on adolescents and universal health coverage is linked to the Thrive pillar that addresses access to Universal Health Coverage and essential services to ensure the health and wellbeing of adolescents everywhere.

Check out the list of events below as well as links to RSVP. We look forward to having you join us! 


Event: A Discussion on Addressing Barriers to Access for Innovations in Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health in LMICs

Date: 19 May, Time: 16:00 – 18:30

Location: Room Méditerannée, Hotel InterContinental, Geneva

Background: The Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) Innovation Marketplace is a strategic alliance of development innovation organizations (Grand Challenges Canada, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Norad and USAID). Together with our co-sponsors, we will be hosting a cocktail reception that will feature a spotlight on new and exciting innovative solutions that address maternal, newborn and child health in low and middle income countries. The event will also bring stakeholders of global health including funders, investors, private sector, government and implementation partners to discuss barriers to scaling proven interventions in these settings and the roles the community can play in addressing them.

Please reach out: adrianpang@me.com if you have any questions

RSVP: https://bit.ly/2vY4ttG

Co-sponsors: GFF, PMNCH and the EWEC Secretariat 


Event: Women, Children and Adolescents: Ensuring their needs are met through Universal Health Coverage

Date:19 May 2019, Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Location: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Geneva

Background: Women, Children and Adolescents bear the greatest burden of ill health and preventable deaths. Prioritizing and meeting their needs for health care and financial protection is essential for achieving UHC.

Join us for a cocktail reception discussion with global leaders, including:

  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, World Health Organization
  • Preeti Sudan, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, India
  • Helga Fosgstad, Executive Director, PMNCH

RSVP: http://bit.ly/pmnchCocktailReception by 13 May

Co-sponsors include: PMNCH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India, WHO, and the EWEC Secretariat 


Event: ADOLESCENTS: the Missing Population in Universal Health Coverage

Date: 20 May 2019, Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Location: Vieux-Bois Restaurant, Geneva

Background: Join us for discussion to call to action and advance the global adolescent health agenda as an integral component of Universal Health Coverage. The event will focus on the latest learnings to improve the health of adolescents and strengthen accountability mechanisms to ensure no adolescent is left behind.

Reception to follow

RSVP: https://bit.ly/2HlAmmk by 17 May

Co-sponsors include: The Independent Accountability Panel (IAP), PMNCH,  the Government of Kenya, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India, WHO, UNICEF, UN major group for Children and Youth, Child Health Initiative, Plan International and the EWEC Secretariat 


Event: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: an essential element to achieving Universal Health Coverage and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Date: 21 May 2019, Time: 12:00 – 13:30

Location: Espace Gallatin Château de Penthes, Geneva

Background: Come hear a panel of country experts discuss why and how UHC needs to prioritize SRHR interventions to fully meet the health needs of women, girls and adolescents. Also get a sneak preview of the “Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the Promise”, marking the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development.

If you are interested in this event see SRHR call to Action here:

RSVP: http://bit.ly/SRHRinUHC  by 17 May

Co-sponsors include: PMNCH, Government of Sweden, WHO/HRP, UNFPA and the EWEC Secretariat 


Event: Institutional Support for Social Accountability in Health: The Role of Government in Welcoming the Voice of the People

Date: 22 May 2019, Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Location: Vieux-Bois Restaurant, Geneva

Background: Join us for a session during the 72nd World Health Assembly on Social Accountability for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Building on evidence, experiences and findings discussed at the Social Accountability Symposium in 2018. This event will emphasize the importance of government leadership and support for successful social accountability initiatives. It will also provide ministries of health, multilateral and donor representatives, and implementing partners with a set of solutions for practical policy, structure and system options that would help in the realization of strategic public accountability objectives.

Cocktails will be served

RSVP: http://bit.ly/SocialAccountabilityInHealth by 15 May

Co-Sponsors include: PMNCH, the EWEC Secretariat, the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP), CORE Group and the organizations of the Citizen-Led Accountability Coalition (CLAC); The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF); Save the Children International; the White Ribbon Alliance; and World Vision International.


Event: Leaving No-One Behind on the Road to UHC-  Where are Women, Children and Adolescents

Date: 23 May 2019, Time: 7:45 – 9:30

Location: Chateau de Penthes, Geneva

Background: This event will provide an opportunity to engage in an interactive discussion on the key findings and messages from the IAP reports (in particular, Private Sector: Who is Accountable?) and two recent reports by OECD. Speakers and participants alike will share good practices and challenges to delivering on the pledge of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/2Vu1X8K

Co-Sponsors include: The Independent Accountability Panel (IAP), OECD, PMNCH and the EWEC Secretariat


Event: Every newborn everywhere: closing gaps in neonatal care

Date: 23 May 2019, Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Location: Intercontinental Hotel, Geneva

Background: The session will share knowledge and experience for driving progress on newborn health, with special focus on transforming inpatient care of the most vulnerable newborns, those born too small, too soon, and who are acutely ill, particularly in low and middle-income countries and humanitarian settings.

Co-Sponsors include: The World Health Organization, PMNCH and the EWEC Secretariat

RSVP: here

For more events, visit the PMNCH WHA72 newsletter edition, and WHO’s Universal Health Coverage across the Life Course website for a WHA72 mini-site of related events, highlights, multimedia and related features and publications.


Photo Credit: Jon Warren, World Vision International