As every year, the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) will be held in Geneva, the location of the World Health Organisation Headquarters, between 21–26 May 2018. The Assembly is the decision-making body of the WHO. It is attended by delegations from all 194 WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. Its role is to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. This year Zimbabwe has been elected to chair the meeting.
The Youth Pre-World Health Assembly Workshop is also a yearly 4-day international activity organised by International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA), the official representative of medical students to the World Health Organization (WHO) sending an annual delegation of young people to the WHA. Its aim is to equip young health advocates with the skills and knowledge to be actively involved in the meeting, as well as for youth organisations to align their strategies and prepare for the meeting to achieve a maximum impact. This year’s edition will take place from the 17th until the 20th of May 2018, immediately before the Assembly.