World Health Summit 2013
Date: October 20-22
Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1
Summit Entrance: Unterwasserstraße 10, 10117 Berlin
Welcome Messages of the High Patrons
"...This year’s World Health Summit takes place at a time of intensive national and international debate about what new concrete targets are required to ensure a decent life and a better future for the world’s rapidly expanding population. In this context health care will remain a key concern. ..."
"...There can be no halt in our common fight against undernutrition and prematurity, environmental pollution, and infectious and parasitic diseases. In order to shape the strategies of tomorrow, it is hence necessary to bring together the actors of progress, whether they be institutional, community-based, or from the public or private sector. ..."
"...Personal health needs public support. Through a comprehensive approach we can improve health systems, provide better access to health services, invest in related areas like nutrition, sanitation and clean water, and address the broader social issues that impact health. ..."
(the WHS Program is available as PDF-download as well, 11MB)
The World Health Summit 2013 will bring together representatives from civil society, academia, the private sector, governments, international health and development agencies as well as students and young professionals from all health-related fields. The program will be structured by four main tracks:
Research and Innovation
Cross-sector collaborations between global health and foreign policy programs and new capacity building initiatives are vital to improve the current coordination and to stimulate the financing of health research. This is also crucial to strengthen the links between evidence to policy. To improve the health status of its people and to contribute to its social and economic development a systems approach at the country level is needed. Strengthening a country’s research capacity is mandatory in order to provide a supportive environment for sustainable growth.
Education and Leadership
Especially in times of limited resources we need well-trained leaders to build high-performing and sustainable health systems. They will be change agents who will better serve the needs identified by their communities, thereby contributing to the improvement of health outcomes and health equity. In addition we need to develop interdisciplinary strategies for a more effective health communication system.
Evidence to Policy
The links between health, poverty alleviation and development, as well as the role of health in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy have been recognized in the UN Resolution on Global Health and Foreign Policy. Global Health affects all the core functions of foreign policy: achieving security, creating economic wealth, supporting development in low-income countries and protecting human dignity.
Global Health for Development
The outcome document of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development gives health a central place as a precondition for, and an outcome and an indicator of all three dimensions of sustainable development, economic growth, social improvement and environmental protection. Health must become part of the post-2015 development agenda. This agenda presents an opportunity to rethink what makes development inclusive, innovative and relevant for everyone. The importance of Universal Health Coverage in enhancing health, social cohesion and sustainable human and economic development is emphasized. It is therefore an essential component of sustainable development and poverty reduction.
The World Health Summit brings together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry as well as from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and health care systems worldwide.
Among the speakers were:
José Manuel Barroso
Hans Rudolf Herren
Sir Michael Marmot
Volker ter Meulen
Ole Petter Ottersen
Jai S. Sohan
John Eu Li Wong
By invitation only
October 18 - 22, 2013
Hosts: IFMSA, EMSA, bvmd, UAEM
Encouraged by the success of the last two years, the student workshop “Towards Health in all Policies – Building Future Leaders” aims at gathering students prior to the WHS in order to meet, discuss and prepare for the Summit. The workshop will be designed as a series of activities, emphasizing the important role of students in the vast area of global health and as future health leaders. The concept has been specifically created for the World Health Summit – for students, by students.
The workshop will be both theoretical and practical. Through short interactive lectures, trainings and exercises, students will learn to use the theoretical knowledge in practice. Daily briefings, discussions and reflections on the day will be part of the workshop routine.
Tuberculosis out of Control – Strategies to Fight Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
Open to all
October 21, 17-19h
Hosts: Koch-Metschnikow-Forum, Stop TB Forum
Location: dbb-Forum, Friedrichstraße 169/170, 10117 Berlin
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and HIV-TB co-morbidity are serious obstacles in the effective control and future elimination of tuberculosis worldwide. In the former Soviet States, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is spreading at an alarming rate. Better drugs and more effective vaccines are urgently needed if we do not want to return to the pre-antibiotic era of fighting TB.
In the symposium, experts from Aeras, TB Alliance and the WHO-Regional Office for Europe will provide an update on how the global effort to control TB is addressing the MDR challenge and how the research effort to deliver improved drugs and vaccines is progressing.
For further information, find the detailled program online
Health Economy in Brazil and Germany: Opportunities and Challenges
Open to all
October 21, 2013, 12:00 - 13:30
Hosts: Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche e.V., World Health Summit
Location: Deutsche Kreditbank AG, Taubenstraße 7-9, 10117 Berlin
Brazil is Germany's most important trading partner in Latin America. Germany and Brazil can work well together as shown, for example, at the "German-Brazilian Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2010/2011". The new initiative, entitled "Germany & Brazil 2013 – 2014” under the motto “Where ideas connect," seeks to deepen and expand German-Brazilian relations and provide the impetus for new collaborations. In the context of health care and health care systems for both countries, for instance, differences lie in demographics – with similarities in the coexistence of private and public health insurance.
At this event we seek to answer the question: "What has been achieved with the health care reform passed by President Dilma Rousseff in early 2012? How can we learn from each other?" In the panel the opportunities and challenges facing German medical companies and other healthcare companies operating in Brazil will be discussed. In addition it will be debated how the networking between companies operating in Brazil and those operating in Germany could be further improved.
11th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development
“Youth and Employment – Realizing the demographic dividend”
Open to participants of the International Dialogue
October 22 - 23, 2013
Hosts: DSW, GIZ, IPPF, KfW, Bayer Healthcare, BMZ
Location: KfW Berlin, entry at Behrenstraße 32, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The 11th International Dialogue on Population and Sustainable Development provides a discussion forum for and about the young generation on the importance of decent work in a changing world. Together with relevant policy makers, non-governmental organizations as well as private sector representative’s up to date knowledge and practical experiences on the creation of youth employment will be exchanged.
The International Dialogue will draw conclusions from country experiences regarding the influence of investments in education, health system strengthening, sexual reproductive health and rights, social protecting systems and the implementation of economic policies and good governance on youth employment.
Open to all
October 23, 2013, 18:00 – 20:00
Hosts: DSW, GIZ, IPPF, KfW, Bayer Healthcare, BMZ
Location: KfW Berlin, Charlottenstr. 33 a, 10117 Berlin
On the evening of the second day (October 23, 2013) of the 11th International Dialogue, a Public Panel Discussion will take a closer look at the relation between the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of girls and young women and female youth employment. The discussion will focus on the following questions:
- What evidence do we have from the country examples that increased female employment opportunities contribute to the demographic dividend?
- Which government and private sector approaches are successful in increasing the labor force participation of young women?
- To which extent can an improved access to sexual and reproductive health information, education including sex education and services increase employment opportunities for girls and young women?
- How do adolescent pregnancies and early marriages affect the employment opportunities of women during their life course and societies as a whole?
Open to all, prior online-registration requested
October 23, 2013, 18:30 - 19:45 / Free reception follows
Hosts: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, BMW Foundation
Location: BMW Foundation, Reinhardtstrasse 58, 10117 Berlin
The most pressing health and development challenges facing the world today—climate change, preventable disease, malnutrition and poverty—will never be solved without long-term policy commitments. Meanwhile, our politicians are caught up in a cynical cycle of emergency response. How can we support enduring solutions?
Join veteran journalists Roger Thurow and Sam Loewenberg for a presentation and discussion on health, agriculture and the tangled politics of development.
Thurow is the Senior Fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 30 years, 20 of them as a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.
Loewenberg is a journalist who covers the intersection of global health, business, government and politics. His work has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times and The Guardian.
Peter Sawyer, health projects director at the Pulitzer Center, will moderate.
Challenges of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery in the Emerging Economies
Pan-African Global Forum 2013
Open to all registered WHS participants
October 23, 2013
Hosts: African Cultural Institute, e.V., Pan-African Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery e.V., German Heart Institute Berlin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, World Health Summit
Location: German Heart Institute Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, D-13353 Berlin
Cardiovascular diseases are on the rise and will become the leading cause of both death and disability worldwide, with the number of fatalities projected to increase to over 20 million a year and by 2030 to over 24 million a year (WHO 2010).
The challenge currently facing physicians and surgeons is how to contribute to the development of post MDG 2015 cardiovascular health care programs in close collaboration with health-care policymakers.
In response to the alarming trend in public health, the African Cultural Institute (ACI) is organizing a global forum in conjunction with the 5th World Health Summit (WHS) in collaboration with the Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin (German Heart Institute Berlin), the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Pan-African Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (PASCaTS) and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Invited national and international experts will come together in Berlin to share their experiences with the global audience, including policymakers. The discussion will focus on strategies for improving and expanding capacity building and continuing educational programs and cardiovascular health care in the emerging economies.
For further information, find the detailled program online >>>