A Panamanian Passage: The Ups and Downs of International Field Work

Panama – a country blessed with its geography. If there was a nation born with a silver spoon in its mouth, this was it. The isthmus is strategically located connecting North and South America. The lower saddle of the isthmus is narrow enough that the canal was engineered to bridge the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Now…

An Insightful Experience

These past two weeks have been enlightening. We were able to experience the cooperation between countries and organizations, working towards common goals at the WHA. This was followed by a week of visiting with other organizations in global health, allowing us to have a more personal insight into the realities of a career in the…

Global Health, Refugees and Humanitarian Diplomacy

We are reaching the end of our two week adventure in Geneva, and I find myself reflecting on the multitude of events and agencies visited. Attending the World Health Assembly was truly an incredible experience.To have the opportunity to see global diplomacy in action was humbling and I was honored to to be there. This…

What does “multisectoral” really mean?

Visiting the different organizations this week has been a tremendously rewarding experience and really solidified my learning from last week.While the World Health Assembly focused more on setting goals, making promises, and ensuring accountability for government action, the distinct organizations focused on how these goals, promises, and accountability measures will be implemented at the country…

Making a Global Impact

The Global Fund is a public-private partnership that was founded in 2002. To my surprise the Global Fund is simply a financing organization that does not implement ground level initiatives and fieldwork. The three core principles of the Global Fund include: Country Ownership: individual countries have the complete decision-making power to decide which priorities are most…

Bettering health…through finances?

Attending the 69th World Health Assembly has been an eye opening experience. We all knew it was going to be an overwhelming amount of information, but I don’t think any of us anticipated for this event to be so packed. In every room that I sat, every other person was an expert on multiple topics…

A Week of New Experiences at the 69th WHA

This past week at the 69th World Health Assembly has been a whirlwind of emotions. From excitement while waiting in the security line to enter the UN, to sitting in awe in the NGO seating area listening to the opening statements. I have had the opportunity to meet the most amazing people who have done…

It Takes a Village

Imagine the amount of space you have in an airplane seat. Now imagine yourself frantically scribbling knowledge about the health workforce and its implications for the global economy without a table. Meanwhile, a delegate from South Africa with twice the years of wisdom as you has kindly shared his earpiece with you to listen to…

Have a positive impact on everyone you meet

The 69th World Health Assembly has been inspiring on so many levels. As a public health student with a health policy concentration and no direct experience in global health I was skeptical about so many things at first. Could I keep up? Could global health really be more exciting? Would I take anything away from…

Learning doesn’t have to come from a book

This past week has been quite a whirlwind. As a non-official global health student (I am a pharmacy student doing a dual degree in public health with a Biostatistics & Epidemiology track), attending the World Health Assembly has been a dream, as well as a shock to see how much happens within the health arena…

A Day of Health, Human Rights and Global Strategy

May 25th’s agenda at the 69th World Health Assembly covered a wide range of topics; from preparedness, surveillance and response to programme budget and financial matters. Today, I had the opportunity to attend the technical briefing on Survive, Thrive, Transform: Implementing the Global Health Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. The briefing began with representatives from…