World Health Assembly, Put Lives Before Politics!

In Global Advocacy, Global Featured by Fiona Ip

As the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) is set to convene this week in a virtual meetingAIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) needs your help as we launch our #LivesBeforePolitics social media advocacy campaign to coincide with the annual event.

The WHA, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), is comprised of health ministers and delegates from 194 member states who will meet virtually this week, May 18-22, to determine the WHO’s way forward for the upcoming year.

The WHA also has the power to set the agenda for public health overall – and during the critical time of COVID-19 – it has the opportunity to strengthen accountability and transparency within global health mechanisms and institutions—a necessity if we’re to have a healthier and more equitable world.

“Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, a worrisome lack of transparency and accountability have been an unfortunate part of the entire outbreak response and should be an emergency wake-up call to global health leaders,” said Terri Ford, AHF Chief of Global Advocacy and Policy. “But even with all the mistakes that have been made over the past six months, the World Health Assembly has the power to right the ship for the world’s public health capabilities by throwing politics aside and prioritizing people first.”


Our #LivesBeforePolitics virtual rally calls on the 194 health ministers at the World Health Assembly to prioritize public health and people over politics by making a commitment to ensure the WHO and other global health bodies are fully accountable and transparent.


Join our advocacy campaign by taking to social media to tweet and retweet messages to health leaders around the world about how important it is to put#LivesBeforePolitics!


The World Health Assembly has an opportunity to set the world on the right course on health – so let’s ask them to do the right thing and push them to put#LivesBeforePolitics by uniting the world on global public health!

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