World Health Assembly
World Health Assembly
The World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.
Next Health Assembly
- Seventieth World Health Assembly » (22-31 May 2017)
The Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health and elected for three-year terms. It meets twice in a year in Geneva to review resolutions and the agenda for the World Health Assembly, and administrative matters. The main functions of the Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.
Chairman and Officers of the Executive Board
- Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo (Brazil)
- Ms Glenys Beauchamp (Australia)
- Dr Simon Mfanzile Zwane (Eswatini)Vice-Chairman
- Dr Päivi Sillanaukee (Finland)
- Dr Rajitha Senaratne (Sri Lanka)
- Dr Mohammed Jaber Hwoal Al-Taae (Iraq)
Notes for the record
Composition of the Executive Board (African Region)
Regional Committee for Africa
Regional Committee for Africa
The WHO Regional Committee for Africa is the Organization's decision-making body in the African Region. It comprises of Ministers of Health or their representatives from each of the 47 Member States in the region.
Among the functions of the Regional Committee are:
- formulate regional policies;
- supervise WHO/AFR's activities;
- comment on the regional component of WHO's proposed programme budget;
- nominate the Regional Director for Africa every five years and transmit their decision to the WHO Executive Board for endorsement.
The Regional Committee meets as often as necessary and the Regional Director acts as its Secretary.
68th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
The Sixty-eighth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 27 to 31 August 2018.
The Programme Subcommittee (PSC) is a subsidiary body of the Regional Committee. It assists the Regional Committee by reviewing the budget, strategies, reports and proposed resolutions and advising on policy and governance matters.
The Programme Subcommittee consists of 16 representatives of Member States. In addition, three Executive Board members from the African Region attend the subcommittee meetings.
Programme Subcommittee Members (Rev. 24/APR/2018)
- Angola Dr Balbina Ventura Felix
Aug. 2017 – Jun. 2020 Consultant Minister for Public Health Services
- Botswana Dr Khumo Seipone
Aug. 2017 – Jun 2019 Director, Health Services
- Cameroon Dr Hamadou Ba
Aug. 2017 – Jun 2020 Chef de la Division de la Coopération
- Ethiopia Dr.Desalegn Tigabu
Aug. 2016 – Jun. 2019 Director for the Plan and Policy Directorate
- Kenya Dr Peace Masinde
Nov. 2015 – Jun. 2018 Head or International Health Relations
- Liberia Dr Samson K. Arzoaquoi
Nov. 2015 – Jun. 2018 Deputy Minister for Health Services
and Chief Medical Officer
- Mauritania Pr Lô Baïdy
Aug. 2016 - Jun 2019 Chargé de mission
- Namibia Ms Bertha Katjivena
Nov. 2015 – Jun 2018 Director
- Nigeria Dr Emmanuel Meribole
Aug. 2016 – Jun 2019 Acting Head of Department, Dapartment
of Health Planning, Research and Statistics
- Rwanda Dr Zuberi Muvunyi
- Aug. 2017 – Jun 2020 Director General Clinical Services
- Sao Tome & Principe Dr Carlos Alberto Bandeira d'Almeida
Aug. 2016 – Jun 2019 Directeur du Centre National des Endémies
- Senegal Dr Marie Khermesse Ngom Ndiaye
Aug. 2017 – Jun. 2020 Directrice Générale de la Santé
- Seychelles Dr Meggy Belle louange
Nov. 2015 – Jun 2018 Director General for Public Health
- Sierra Leone Dr Thomas T. Samba
Nov. 2015- Jun 2018 District Medical Officer
- South Africa Dr Yogan Pillay
Aug. 2016 – Jun 2019 Deputy Director-General
- Togo Dr Kokou Wotobe
Aug. 2017 – Jun 2020 Directeur des Etudes, de la Planification
et de la Programmation par intérim
- Uganda Dr Timothy Musila
Nov. 2015 – Jun 2018 Senior Health Planner
- Zimbabwe Dr Gibson Mhlanga
Aug. 2017 – Jun. 2020 Principle Director, Preventive Services
The Transformation Agenda of the World Health Organization Secretariat in the African Region is a vision and a strategy for change aimed at facilitating the emergence of the WHO that the staff and stakeholders want.
It is a result of consultations with staff members within and outside the WHO African Region, and stakeholders from outside the Organization. The Transformation Agenda covers four focus areas:
- pro-results values
- smart technical focus
- responsive strategic operations
- effective communications and partnerships
The evolution of WHO’s work and the increasing number of entities associated with global health has necessitated changes in the way WHO is governed, and the way WHO engages with external stakeholders. In this regard, WHO’s governance reform aims to strengthen both the internal governance of WHO by Member States, as well as the role of WHO in global health governance.
GOVERNANCE REFORMThe proposals for change in respect of internal governance focus on improving the work of the governing bodies – the World Health Assembly, the Executive Board and the Regional Committees – including strengthening global-regional linkages. The fundamental objectives for the internal governance reforms are to foster a more strategic and disciplined approach to priority setting, to enhance the oversight of the programmatic and financial aspects of the Organization, and to improve the efficiency and inclusivity of intergovernmental consensus-building.
In relation to WHO’s engagement with external stakeholders, WHO is exploring ways to more effectively collaborate with relevant stakeholders including nongovernmental organizations, partnerships, the private sector, foundations, and other relevant stakeholders with a view to promoting greater coherence in global health. The challenge here is to determine how WHO can engage with a wider range of players without undermining its intergovernmental nature or opening itself to influence by those with vested interests. Moreover, governance reforms aim to strengthen the multilateral role of WHO and to capitalize more effectively on WHO’s leadership position in global health.
Informal consultation on WHO’s engagement with WHO COUNTRY & LIAISON OFFICES non-state actors
This consultation, 17–18 October 2013 at WHO, Geneva and via web link, informed the drafting of reform proposals to be submitted to the Executive Board at its 134th session in January 2014