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News: Chemonics at the 72nd World Health Assembly

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Chemonics will host two side events on global health security and quality assurance in parallel with the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Every year, the World Health Assembly — the decision-making body of the World Health Organization —convenes to explore the top issues on the global health agenda. During the 72nd Session of the World Health Assembly, Chemonics looks forward to joining international stakeholders for side events that elevate the visibility of these issues, from universal health coverage to public health emergencies. Our experts will be in Geneva from May 20 to 28 to lead dialogue sessions about two issues at the forefront of global health and development: quality assurance and global health security.

On Monday, May 20, Chemonics will host a side event highlighting quality assurance solutions in global health supply chains. Our panelists will discuss use of technology, such as Internet of Things (IoT) for climate monitoring of ambient health commodities, to ensure the quality and safety of priority medicines and innovative approaches, such as developing quality standards, that strengthen health systems.

Innovative Solutions to Support Quality and Safety of Health Products

8:30 – 10 a.m. at Musée Ariana in Geneva (Avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève, Switzerland)


  • Dah El Hadj Sidi, Director, Chemonics


  • Scott Dubin, Warehousing and Distribution Team Lead, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project
  • Cheikh Baye Mkheitiratt, Inspector General, Mauritania Ministry of Health
  • Jude Nwokike, Director of Promoting the Quality of Medicines Program, The United States Pharmacopeia
  • Alain Prat, Quality Assurance Team Lead, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

On Wednesday, May 22, Chemonics will host a side event on advancing multisectoral and multi-stakeholder efforts to achieve global health security. Our panelists will discuss different perspectives and approaches that support implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda — from emergency supply chain preparedness to private sector partnerships to the institutionalization of the One Health approach.

Building Countries’ Capacity for Global Health Security

8:30 – 10 a.m. at Musée Ariana in Geneva (Avenue de la Paix 10, 1202 Genève, Switzerland)


  • Wanda Jaskiewicz, Project Director, USAID HRH2030 Program


  • Amanda McClelland, Senior Vice President (Prevent Epidemics), Resolve to Save Lives
  • Allison Neale, Director of Public Policy, Henry Schein
  • Thaddée Onana, Supply and Logistics Specialist, Cameroon Ministry of Health
  • James Riungu, Supply Chain Director, Afya Ugavi Activity, USAID GHSC-PSM Project
  • Claire J. Standley, Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Global Health Science and Security, Georgetown University

RSVP for our events via Eventbrite and follow live updates from Geneva through #WHA72 and the @Chemonics Twitter account.