2015: USC at the 68th World Health Assembly

A group of 12 students were embedded as delegates to NCD Alliance members at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, May 18-26. 

The decision-making body of the World Health Organization, the WHA is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the executive board. The students attended the assembly as part of a short-course, and nine continued on as interns for the WHO and other organizations.

Video courtesy Evan Pye

The students were placed on four delegations from the NCD Alliance, the International Diabetes Federation, World Heart Federation, Alzheimer’s Disease International and Framework Convention Alliance. They blogged for the alliance as well as tweeted about their experiences

This Week in Global Health

Two students, Evan Pye and Nina Kharazmi, along with Dr. Heather Wipfli, co-paneled a live broadcast during the assembly as part of the weekly This Week in Global Health program:

Global Health Now:

USC Global Health Travel Blog:

Video courtesy Nina Kharazmi

Student Placements

Following the assembly, students were placed in internships with the following organizations:

  1. Sandra Najuna – WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network
  2. Susan Hagos – Be He@lthy, Be Mobile
  3. Evan Pye – Be He@lthy, Be Mobile
  4. Danielle Pappas – WHO Department of Child & Adolescent Health
  5. Jessica Frankeberger – WHO Ebola response
  6. Nina Kharazmi – WHO Ebola response
  7. Chong Liu – World Heart Federation
  8. Weiyu Zhang – World YWCA
  9. Allison Ficht – UNDP Health & Development Bureau for Development Policy
  10. Ian Dibble – Small Arms Survey


See the students’ posts, blogs, photos and more as a Storify summary.


See photos from the students’ trip on Flickr.com.

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