Reimagining the Future of Global Health Initiatives: What are the incentives for change?


On 23 May 2023, join us in Campus Biotech, Chemin des Mines 9, 1202 Genève, for an interactive discussion about the future of global health initiatives.

The Future of Global Health Initiatives is a time-bound (through 2023) multi-stakeholder process of dialogue, deliberation and action to identify and enable options for global health initiatives (GHIs) to more effectively, efficiently and equitably complement domestic financing to maximize country-level health impacts, as part of country-led priority-setting processes and trajectories toward universal health coverage (UHC).

The University of Geneva’s Centre of Humanitarian Studies is leading a five-university consortium, funded by Wellcome Trust, to generate research and evidence to underpin the process.

The study aims to:

  1. Outline a vision of what the GHI ecosystem should seek to achieve over the next 15-20 years to strengthen health system capacities and deliver health impacts
  2. Analyse the extent to which GHIs’ current mandates and ways of working will need to evolve to enable them to effectively, efficiently and equitably deliver this vision, and the contextual factors that would support or hinder such a shift
  3. Provide recommendations on how and when the GHIs’ current mandates and ways of working should evolve

This WHA side-event provides an opportunity for global health stakeholders to be briefed on the preliminary research findings, to hear the perspective of Ministers of Health, global health organizations and civil society and to share their reflections on how the global health ecosystem might be optimized to support countries’ trajectories toward universal health coverage. An open on-line anonymous survey to collect more detailed input will also be shared.

A continental breakfast will be served after the session.


Time (CET)Agenda itemSpeakers
8:00 – 8:15What is the FGHI, why is it needed and why now?Dr Mercy Mwangangi (Steering Group Co-Chair and Former Chief Administrative Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Health)
8:15 – 8:30Preliminary research findingsProf Karl Blanchet, Director, Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies, University of Geneva
8:30 – 8:35Stakeholder Engagement OpportunitiesJohn-Arne Røttingen (Steering Group Co-Chair and Ambassador for Global Health of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
8:35 – 9:15Panel DiscussionDr Roger Kamba, Minister of Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo
·       Dr Munir Kassa, Advisor to the Minister of Health, Ethiopia
·       Loyce Pace, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
·       Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing, World Health Organization
·       Prof Kalipso Chalkidou, Head of Health Financing, Global Fund
·       Dr Benjamin Loevinsohn, Director of Immunization Financing and Sustainability, Gavi
·       Desta Lakew, Group Director, Partnerships & External Affairs, Amref Health Africa

Moderated by John-Arne Røttingen
Continental breakfast
(to be served outside the Auditorium)
9:15 – 9:30Audience Q&AModerated by Dr Mercy Mwangangi
9:30-10:00Breakfast and networkingModerated by Dr Mercy Mwangangi