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January 2014

WHS Regional Meeting - Latin America
Call for Submissions: 

The WHS Regional Meeting – Latin America and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies accepted abstract submission for presentation in São Paulo.

Authors of selected abstracts will have a chance to present their work at the WHS Regional Meeting – Latin America, held from April 6-8, 2014.

The deadline for submissions was January 31, 2014.

Please find here all information about submitting your paper >>>

WHS Regional Meeting – Latin America, São Paulo

After the highly successful inaugural WHS Regional Meeting - Asia, held in Singapore in April 2013,  the WHS Regional Meeting – Latin America, São Paulo, will focus on Latin America´s health challenges.

From April 6 - 8, 2014, professors, graduate students, doctors, nurses, health managers, public health professionals, government and pharmaceutical industry will share their expertise to propose effective disease prevention and control. 

Please follow this link to find all information on program, registration, and much more >>>

WHS Yearbook 2013

In its fifth year, the World Health Summit continued to connect present and future key opinion leaders, addressing the challenges that face health worldwide.

This spirit permeates the WHS Yearbook by providing direction for future advances to improve health worldwide, and by offering information on issues and initiatives raised at the WHS 2013.

Please follow this link to download 92 pages with exclusive essays, interviews, reports, and statements: WHS Yearbook 2013 >>>

December 2013

WHS Regional Meeting: Call for Submissions

The WHS Regional Meeting – Latin America and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies are now accepting abstract submission for presentation in São Paulo.

Authors of selected abstracts will have a chance to present their work at the WHS Regional Meeting – Latin America, held from April 6-8, 2014.

Please note: The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014.

Please find here all information about submitting your paper >>>

November 2013

Daniel Bahr, WHS 2013

WHS 2013: Multimedia Update

The World Health Summit 2013 brought a well of keynote lectures, workshops, and symposia, accompanied by satellite events, private meetings, and much more.

The three days of intense discussion and exchange have been recorded and made available:

Please follow this link for hundreds of pictures >>>

Video-recordings, covering all three days, are available in the video-section >>>

Get in touch with our speakers

Speaker Presentations of WHS 2013 available in the WHS Community

Most speakers, participating in the WHS 2013, kindly agreed to make their presentations available as downloads.

Please find individual zip-folders, containing all presentations per day, in the WHS Community >>>

The WHS Community is available to all fully registered WHS participants. This networking tool offers contact details and CV of speakers and attendants.

Please follow the link to find details on login-data, terms of usage, etc. for the WHS Community >>>

Kishore Mahbubani at the WHS 2013 Opening

WHS 2013 Wrap-Up

More than 1,000 international participants worked together from October 20 – 22 in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

Irrespective of sectorial origins, it was mutually agreed that only timely joint action can overcome obstacles towards improving health worldwide.

Please follow this link for a two-page wrap-up, providing you with all the key numbers and links on the WHS 2013 >>>

October 2013

Policies must be rigorously guided by evidence to reduce the intolerable burden of disease

M8 Alliance Statement Launched at WHS 2013

The M8 Alliance harnessed the 5th Word Health Summit to release a joint statement, providing direction in future advances in improving health worldwide.

“Scientific progress is enormous, but it does not reach the people who need it most. The burden of disease is even getting greater in many regions of the world. This is not tolerable. We have to take responsibility.” (WHS Presidents 2013)

The whole M8 Statement is available as PDF download >>>

September 2013

Workshop Registration

Following brief impulse talks, small groups of about 50 experts and interested attendants will contribute to intense debate in our workshops. The topics range from Community Engagement to Social Media, Healthy Aging and much more.

Please notice: A preceding registration will be necessary. The process is now open and the access link for the registration has been mailed to registered participants.

Reserve a seat in your favourite workshops - the registration will be handled in a first-come-first-served process.

Rotes Rathaus (c) Landesarchiv Berlin, foto:Platow / Thomas

WHS Night 2013

The World Health Summit brings together over 1.000 participants from all over the world, united by their interest in improving healthcare and health systems. But such a forum does not unfold its true impact in panel discussions alone.

Hence, the WHS Night will offer a relaxed and informal evening for speakers, participants, and guests to network and discuss the day's sessions. Enjoy some light snacks, drinks and Brazilian live music in the prestigious town hall of Berlin, known as “Rotes Rathaus”.

Read more about the "WHS Night" >>>

August 2013

Get in touch with speakers and participants

Launch of the WHS Community

The WHS provides an ideal framework for networking with like-minded experts from all over the world. Get in touch prior to, during and after the Summit via the WHS Community!

Fully registered participants now have access to contact details, CV and photos of speakers and attendants. Just click on the "Login" button at the top-right corner of our homepage's navigation bar and type in the login data you received.

You can easily edit or add your personal data at a later stage by following your personal link, which has been sent to you with the confirmation email.

Award Ceremony at WHS 2012 (c) WHS

“Next Generation of Science Journalists” Award 2013

To analyze and communicate complex scientific topics is more than just a profession – it is an art.  Medical science journalism is no exception. Accordingly, launching a career as science journalist proves to be an arduous endeavor.

To help recognize emerging medical science journalists, Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), and the World Health Summit (WHS) will grant the “Next Generation of Science Journalists” Award for the second time.


Mai 2013

WHS2013: 1st Announcement

World Health Summit 2013: First Announcement

How can we support synergies between health and other sectors? How can we develop shared solutions to drive people-centered, inclusive development? These are only two of the questions, the World Health Summit 2013 will address.

The WHS will be held from Oct. 20–22, 2013, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, and be structured by four major tracks:

- Global Health for Development
- Evidence to Policy
- Research and Innovation
- Education and Leadership

Please find all key information in our First Announcement >>>

IAMP Declaration

Strengthening Health Research Capacity in Low and Middle Income Countries is of Vital Interest to All

To improve the health status of all people and contribute to social and economic development and innovation, countries must strengthen their research capacity by developing national systems that can identify the need for research, conduct research and communicate its results for implementation.

IAMP has developed a “A Call for Action to Strengthen Health Research Capacity in Low and Middle Income Countries” , endorsed by over 40 national academies of medicine worldwide.

Please read the whole declaration online >>>

The IAMP Declaration will also be discussed at the World Health Summit 2013 in the symposium “Research Capacity Strengthening in Low and Middle Income Countries”.

April 2013

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Opening the WHSRMA

WHS Regional Meeting, Asia - Singapore a Sound Success

Asian countries are facing unprecedented health challenges that can impact sustainable development. As such, Asia has to do its own research to contextualize healthcare solutions.

To address these issues, health professionals, academics, civil society, industry, media, and policymakers gathered in Singapore for the World Health Summit Regional Meeting – Asia (WHSRMA) from April 8–10 April 2013.

Please find all details, outcomes, and backgrounds on the WHSRMA in the Regional Meeting Archive >>>

Session Speeches and Session Presentations

Opening Ceremony

April 8, 2013, 18:00 – 19:30

Opening Adress
by Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong

(Please click)

Please follow the link below to find a list of selected presentations given by the speakers of the World Health Summit Regional Meeting - Asia, Singapore 2013. For download, please  click the presentation titles for one of the three meeting days. 

Session Speeches and Session Presentations >>>

M8 Statement, Singapore 2013

M8 Statement Issued at WHS Regional Meeting – Asia

From April 8-10, key opinion leaders gathered in Singapore to contribute to in-depth discussions based on the summit theme “Health for Sustainable Development in Asia”.

Concluding the discussions, the M8 Alliance issued a call to action – anchored on the four major themes of the summit and the recognition that a healthy population is the foundation for development, security, progress, social justice and economic stability.

Read the full statement online: >>> M8 Statement

January 2013

World Health Summit Regional Meeting - Asia, Singapore 2013

World Health Summit Regional Meeting - Asia

Health is intrinsically linked to the well-being of societies, and maintaining a healthy Asia will be beneficial to all in the region and the world. Accordingly, Singapore is hosting the first World Health Summit, Regional Meeting – Asia, Singapore 2013 from April 8th – 10th.

The event will be opened by Singapore’s Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, the theme is "Health for Sustainable Development in Asia", including four sub-themes:

•    The Impact of Health on Asian Economies
•    Financing Health Care in Asia
•    Innovations in Health in Asia
•    Emerging Health Threats in Asia

In the respective homepage-section you will find continually updated information on the program and the speakers >>>

The World Health Summit Film 2012

The World Health Summit Film 2012

The year 2012 saw a wonderful meeting of both old and new friends and colleagues at the World Health Summit in Berlin. The more than inspiring days were filmed for you and produced hours of footage.

The final results - after cutting and editing - produced a both inspiring and entertaining film.

Please enjoy the World Health Summit 2012 in a visual wrap-up: the WHS Film 2012 >>>

December 2012

Speaker Presentations Available

More than 100 speakers, contributing to the World Health Summit 2012, agreed to make their presentations available after the Summit. Among them are Gerd Binnig (Nobel Prize Laureate), Zsuzsanna Jakab (WHO Regional Director), Severin Schwan (CEO, Roche group) and many more.

These presentations are accessible for everybody who partook in the Book of Participants of this year's Summit.

Please click on "Login" on the right side of the navigation-bar on top of this homepage to enter the download-page, providing all available presentations as PDF.

World Health Summit 2012

Picture Update: All Keynotes, Sessions and Workshops

Almost 300 speakers discussed, informed, and raised awareness in over 50 sessions at the World Health Summit 2012. Their efforts were met by much interest of participants and media representatives.

Visit the fourth issue of the World Health Summit again now: the picture gallery provides impressions from all areas of the Summit – may it be Keynote Lecture, Workshop, Press Conference, or informal conversation and networking.

The gallery with over 600 pictures is available in the “Visuals” category >>>

World Health Summit 2012

WHS 2012 - Summary, Facts, Figures & Outlook

The World Health Summit proved again its status as the pre-eminent annual forum of the medical and scientific community.

‘Research for Health and Sustainable Development’ was the theme for 2012, articulating the urgent need of finding novel solutions for non-communicable diseases and conditions of global concern, like obesity, diabetes, and mental illness.

Read more on demands, attendants, and the Outlook to Asia for 2013 in the Summary, available for download as PDF >>>

October 2012

WHS 2012 Publication Available Online

Complementing the deliberations of the World Health Summit, the publication seeks to bring new insights to the ongoing policy debates occurring within all aspects of world health.

Key issues reflected in the Summit’s agenda and explored in the book include the importance of sustainable development and international cooperation in shaping the future of healthcare systems, and how well-funded research and development will assist in tackling both current and predicted challenges.

The publication is available online as PDF download >>>


September 2012

August 2012

July 2012

Major program update, July 2012

Twenty years after the original summit, the world will reconvene in Brazil for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Health and research are the basis for development, these issues however do not figure prominently in the agenda for Rio. The M8 Alliance recognizes that research for health must play an essential part in the development agenda.
The World Health Summit 2012 – under the theme “Research for Health and Sustainable Development” – will focus on issues and possible solutions for non-communicable diseases and conditions of global concern. The modern unhealthy lifestyle is a main cause of the new epidemics, like obesity, diabetes and mental illness. Sustainable solutions for healthcare systems to meet these challenges as well as a greater awareness of the global economic risks and human suffering related to the epidemiologic transition are urgently required.

The World Health Summit will approach these topics with five different tracks, present in each day's program structure >>>

“Centre Paris-Berlin for Public Health” opens January 22nd, 2013

In March 2012, Prof. Jean-François Girard, President of PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité, and Prof. Detlev Ganten, President of World Health Summit, announced a next step to improve Global Health: the founding of a “Centre Paris-Berlin for Public Health”. The French-German cooperation will focus on mutually addressing shared questions of public health, combining the high standards of knowledge at hand in Paris and Berlin.

On May 23rd and 24th, Prof. Annette Grüters-Kieslich, Dean of the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, and Prof. Jean-François Girard, President of PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité, further developed these plans and decided upon Jan. 22nd 2013 as the date for opening the new “Centre Paris-Berlin for Public Health”. The date was chosen to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty, which marked a new foundation for positive relations between France and Germany.

Prof. Detlev Ganten, President of World Health Summit, unequivocally welcomes the still intensifying cooperation between the two countries to improve the healthcare situation. “Public Health has tremendous problems to solve; yet France and Germany have outstanding medical and academic skills at their disposal. Bringing together experts from both countries to face mutual challenges is an important step in the right direction.”

Thus, the “Centre Paris-Berlin for Public Health” will intensify international cooperation in the spirit of the World Health Summit, which is held annually under the high patronage of Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany and François Hollande, President of the French Republic. It brings together stakeholders from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society.

The 2012 Summit will be held from Oct. 21st – 24th. Registration opens Friday, June 14th.

June 2012

Disappointing Lack of Health and Research

(June 19th, 2012) 20 years after the “United Nations Conference on Environment and Development”, the United Nations will organize the “Conference on Sustainable Development” (Rio+20) from June 20th – 22nd. The slogan for 2012 will be “The Future We Want”. Although agreeing upon the necessity to gather and discuss, the health and research sector thoroughly denounce the lack of health as an important aspect on the agenda.

THE LANCET asks: “But is the future we want really one without health? […] Since a healthy environment is a prerequisite for healthy people and vice versa, the Rio+20 conference must not only re-examine, but also put at its centre, the link between health, the environment, and sustainable development.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) emphasizes exactly this link of health and development, concentrated into a few striking bullet-points:

• Universal health coverage can support sustainable development: a healthier population contributes more effectively to economies and societies.
• Health in the green economy: some green economy measures, such transport networks for walking and cycling, can yield very large health "co-benefits", e.g. for physical activity. Other measures may pose risks for health that need to be managed. For instance, employees may face new risks, such as exposure to toxins used in emerging technologies.
• Health-based measures of sustainable development: Tracking and monitoring of health-based indicators/measures – such as the proportion of people exposed to high rates of urban air pollution, or workers' exposures to air pollutants/toxins – can help us evaluate progress towards sustainable development that brings optimal human welfare.

Furthermore, “The WHO report finds that many forms of asthma and allergies, as well as heart disease and strokes related to increasingly intense heat waves and cold spells, could be addressed by climate-friendlier housing measures,” as to be red on the official Rio+20 page.

High ranking politicians are joining the chorus of addressing the lack of integrating health into the Rio+20 agenda. For example in an open letter via THE GUARDIAN:

“As members of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, we call on the negotiators at the Rio+20 conference to ensure that reproductive health and voluntary family planning have a central role in any comprehensive strategy for sustainable development. Rio+20 – known as the Earth Summit – promises to chart a course for global sustainable development that will lift people out of poverty, while preserving our environment for future generations. […]”

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of Brazil
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; president, Mary Robinson Foundation
Climate Justice
Joy Phumaphi, former Minister of Health, Botswana; former Vice-president of Human Development, World Bank
Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway; former Director General, World Health Organization
Dr. Fred Sai, former President, International Planned Parenthood Federation; former Director of Population, World Bank
Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, former Deputy President of South Africa
Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Vice President, Club of Madrid

The World Health Summit hears and shares the questions of these friends, supporters and colleagues. Accordingly, we aim to bring together stakeholders, decision-makers, researchers, and many more to discuss the topics so bitterly ignored in the Rio+20 agenda.

You can support us and support global health by joining the discussion: Be at the World Health Summit, October 21st – 24th 2012, in Berlin, Germany.


May 2012

65th World Health Assembly Adopts 21 Resolutions and Three Decisions

For the 65th time, members of the 194 WHO Member States gathered in Geneva for the World Health Assembly. After six days of discussions, the nearly 3.,000 delegates adopted 21 resolutions and three decisions concerning some of the principal challenges and opportunities for public health.

The resolutions and decisions include:

-    Early marriages and young pregnancies
-    Humanitarian emergencies
-    International Health Regulations
-    Mass gatherings
-    Millennium Development Goals

Furthermore, the World Health Assembly focused on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The delegates approved the “development of a global monitoring framework for the prevention and control of NCDs” and put emphasis on the “building of partnerships at national and global levels”, as well as the “need for a comprehensive, coordinated response to addressing mental disorders from health and social sectors at the country level”. (Details on resolutions and decisions can be found online at

As the World Health Organisation will continue to address these topics, so will the World Health Summit. From October 21st – 24th 2012, representatives of all health-related fields will discuss under the motto “Research for Health and Sustainable Development” various aspects of noncommunicable diseases – one of the big future challenges as Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, points out:

“As challenges, let me mention noncommunicable diseases and ageing, maternal and child health, under- and over- nutrition, the eradication of polio and health demands during humanitarian emergencies,” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “As opportunities, let me mention immunization, and the decade of vaccines, and the new multisectoral strategies made possible when we take a social determinants approach.”

Meet Michael J. Klag, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Protecting health, saving lives, millions at a time

Michael J. Klag, Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) is the President of this year´s World Health Summit in Berlin, leading the M8 Alliance towards a sustainable future.
JHSPH is dedicated to the education of research scientists and public health professionals.
This is inseparably linked to the discovery and application of new knowledge, and particularly to the improvement of health and prevention of disease and disability around the world.

Michael J. Klag, President of the World Health Summit 2012

Important event: World Health Assembly in Geneva

Margaret Chan Opens the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva

During the sixty-fifth session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva (May 21st–26th, 2012) a number of public health issues are beeing discussed: Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, global burden of mental disorders, actions against counterfeit medical products or issues in reproductive and maternal health.

The discussions in Geneva have a good basis: We highlighted all these topics at the World Health Summit in Berlin (Read more).

Margaret Chan will stay director-general of the WHO: The Health Assembly appointed her for a second five-year-term.

Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General

Regional Meeting

Find all details on the WHS Regional Meeting, Latin America - São Paulo >>>

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