Accelerating action against vector-borne and other infectious diseases in a changing world

Day 3 – Satellite Symposium – IFPMA

Satellite Symposium – IFPMA

May 29, 2024

8.00 – 9.20

Event description

Vector-borne diseases, like dengue, malaria, and other infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), are being exacerbated by climate change, demographic shifts, and other environmental factors in today’s rapidly changing world. The battle against these diseases underscores the critical role of innovation in developing new tools, treatments, and strategies for disease management and prevention.

On the margins of the 77th World Health Assembly, join us for a satellite symposium at the Geneva Health Forum. A distinguished panel of experts will underscore the need for continued innovation to address these diseases and discuss the value of multistakeholder strategic partnerships – across the value chain – to ensure delivery to more patients and communities.


Greg Perry

Assistant-Director General, IFPMA

Loyce Pace

Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs,  US Department of Health and Human Services

Filomena Mendes Gonçalves

Minister of Health, Cape Verde

Thoko Elphick-Pooley

Executive Director of Uniting to Combat NTDs and Co-Chair of the G7 Taskforce on Global Health

Seon Mi Choi

Senior Advisor on Climate and Environment, The Global Fund

Marcus Lacerda

Director of Research, Fundação de Medicina Tropical, Brazil and Advisor to WHO Global Malaria Program

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About the Geneva Health Forum

Established in 2006 by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE), the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) is a Swiss not-for-profit initiative that brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to discuss and address global health challenges.

The GHF plays a pivotal role in the global health landscape, as a neutral and inclusive platform, fostering dialogue and collaboration among key players in the field, including policymakers, representatives from academia, civil society, and the private sector.

Its core mission is to facilitate constructive dialogue among these global health actors, which, in turn, contributes to the improvement of health policies and access to care worldwide. The Geneva Health Forum proudly collaborates with some of the most prominent international organizations based in Geneva.