Call for Youth PreWHA Workshop Participants and WHA Delegates

We would like to announce the opening of the call for applications for one of the main global health events of the year, the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) and Youth PreWHA Workshop. The 70th WHA will be held from May 22nd till May 31st, 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. Attended by delegations from 194 Member States as well as recognized international NGOs and other partners, WHA is the annual gathering of the highest decision-making body of the World Health Organization. As in previous years, IFMSA will be organizing a Youth PreWHA Workshop on Global Health Diplomacy and Governance ?from May 17th till May 21st, 2017, just before the WHA.

The Youth PreWHA is open to IFMSA members as well as other youth organizations from various disciplines, creating an interprofessional working environment. The workshop aims to empower and strengthen the advocacy skill set of future health leaders as well as increasing the participants knowledge about global health topics that are central to the 70th World Health Assembly. Furthermore, the event aims to improve the youth participation at the WHA and strengthen the youths voice during global health negotiations.

Please fill out the form in the link below and send your signed and stamped candidature form to [email protected] by January 1st, 2017, 23:59 GMT. Please use the subject of the email Application PreWHA – Name of Applicant. Accepted applicants will be notified no later than January 30th, 2017.

You find the application form here:

It is expected that delegates will be able to attend both the PreWHA and the WHA.

The registration fee for the Youth PreWHA is being finalized as we confirm logistics. You will be alerted to the cost as soon as possible. This fee will cover all costs including food, accommodation and materials at the Youth PreWHA. Previous Youth PreWHA events have cost between 250 and 500 Euros. The Organizing Committee aims to organize accommodation during the World Health Assembly for interested delegates, but rates and availability are not yet known – it may be anywhere from 250-400 Euros. More information on this will be shared with accepted applicants.

Accepted applicants will need to register through a dedicated registration form in which they provide more practical information and make payment directly. More information regarding final registration will be shared with accepted applicants.

Participants of the Youth PreWHA Workshop are expected to fully commit to the events preparations, contribute to the implementation of the advocacy strategy that will be developed during PreWHA, and sustain involvement during the post-WHA follow-up. This will include readings, online meetings and preparatory projects. Delegates are expected to commit some time in the lead-up to the WHA, including some online meetings between January to May, commit to completing pre-event reading and spend some time preparing statements and organizing WHA scheduling pre-event, which may involve a time commitment of up to two hours per week in the lead-up to May.

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Candidature forms can be downloaded here:

After selection, IFMSA can provide a support letter, to help with personal fundraising and to obtain a visa. Should you have any question or need extra information about the application process and the event, please do not hesitate to contact the Organizing Committee at [email protected]. In a few days we will update our website at Here you will find this information and a whole lot more about the PreWHA and World Health Assembly.

Looking forward to reading your applications!

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