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IHTM student, Amal Mohamed, who is currently studying the MSc, spoke at the Seventy-sixth World Health Assembly representing her country Sudan.

A head and shoulders photo of IHTM student 2023 Amal Mohamed

The Assembly was held in Geneva from 21-30 May 2023.

Amal was speaking at the session on Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030). 

Amal spoke about the huge difficulties facing the health system in Sudan since war broke out in April this year. All initiatives to improve women's, children's and adolescents' health have been halted since the violence began. Gender based violence has increased in conflict areas and there has been a deterioration in all health services.

Amal went on to thank the WHO and others for their support but urged that immediate help was needed to give the population access to health services.

Amal delivered a second statement to the Assembly on 26 May on universal health coverage.

Amal is currently on her research placement in Geneva with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which works to increase equitable and sustainable use of vaccines. Amal’s research placement is undertaking a review of the ethics of vaccine prioritisation.

Video coverage of Amal’s address to the assembly is available at the WHO website. Search for the Seventh Committee A meeting (24 May afternoon), Item 12 - Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030). Amal’s speech starts at 1:12:40

Amal's second address can be found by searching for the Eleventh meeting of committee A, 26 May, afternoon. Agenda Item 13.1 and 13.2 on universal health coverage and non communicable diseases.