Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme [IOAC]
The Director-General has established an Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (IOAC), to provide oversight and monitoring of the development and performance of the Programme and to guide the Programme’s activities. The Committee will advise the Director-General on issues within its mandate and will report its findings to the World Health Assembly.

Meeting documents and field mission reports

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This is the eleventh IOAC report to the WHO governing bodies and covers activities from May 2022 to April 2023.

Document cover of the IOAC mission report to Malawi 2023

The Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (IOAC) conducted a field mission to Lilongwe, Malawi from 5-8...

IOAC statement at the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly, 26 May 2022

IOAC statement to present document EB150/34 to the Thirty-fifth Programme Budget and Administration Committee, 20 January 2022IOAC statement to the 150th...


The Committee consists of eight members drawn from national governments, NGOs, the UN system, with extensive experience in broad range of disciplines. Members serve in their personal capacity and will exercise their responsibilities with full regard for the paramount importance of independence.


Professor Walid Ammar

Director of the Doctorate and Research in Public Health Program at St. Joseph University in Beirut

Members of the committee

Mr Elhadj As Sy

Former Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Dr Theresa Tam

BMBS (UK), FRCPC, Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr Felicity Harvey

Visiting Professor, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, former Director General for Public and International Health, HMG UK

Mr Jeremy Konyndyk

President, Refugees International

Professor Samba O. Sow

Director-General of the Center for Vaccine Development

Professor Chris Baggoley

Former Chief Medical Officer, Australian Government

Former members

Ms Malebona Precious Matsoso

Director of the Health Regulatory Science Platform, a division of the Wits Health Consortium at the University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Hiroyoshi Endo

Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Public Health, St.Luke’s International University, Tokyo

Dr Michael Ryan

Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme

Dr Hiroki Nakatani

Professor for Global Initiatives at Keio University

Dr Geeta Rao Gupta

Senior Advisor, 3D Program for Girls and Women and Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation

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