World Health Summit 2014

Date: October 19-22


Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1

Summit Entrance: Unterwasserstraße 10, 10117 Berlin


"...The international community is currently at a crucial stage. What is important now is that we set the course for ambitiously expanding the Millennium Development Goals. Hence, I am very pleased that this year’s World Health Summit will focus, among other things, on the links between climate change and health. ..."

"...This year’s World Health Summit thus focuses on the influence of climate change on our health. The Summit, which is relevant to people the world over, precedes the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) to be held in Paris in December 2015. Each Summit participant will therefore make their own contribution. ..."

"...When European citizens are asked about their priorities for the 15 next years, health and medical care emerge as the number one concern. European citizens also believe that the greatest impact of science and technological innovation will be on health improvement. Health-oriented policymaking must therefore become a clear priority. ..."

Welcome Message

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,

When looking back on the year 2014, many people will remember the wonderful World Cup of Soccer in Brazil, which united people from all over the world for the pure joy of football and shared good times. Media attention was higher than ever for a sports event, for which we should be thankful. Yet more important than world champions are the millions of young people all around the globe who play soccer on the streets, in stadiums and as members of sports clubs. They are learning fair play, tolerance and are thus becoming active members of a civil society which promotes health through physical activity. Nothing better can happen for health and the prevention of disease than people joyfully transcending national, socioeconomic, and ethnic borders in the name of sports. But the World Cup in Brazil also heightened awareness for the many health-related issues that threaten societies worldwide: climate change, aging societies and rapidly increasing urbanization.

The issue of climate change and health is a top priority at the World Health Summit 2014. Academia and the health community have to address the dire consequences that this will inevitably have on health. Through the demographic changes that accompany climate change and a rising global population, our existing health systems are doomed to collapse within the foreseeable future. We cannot simply continue along the beaten path but have to work to change existing systems as long as this is still possible. This is especially true for the health of people living in urban areas. The world has seen the development of over 20 megacities, and they continue to spawn very poor urban areas that have engendered the rise of unhealthy lifestyles. How do we guarantee universal access to health and change unhealthy lifestyles in overpopulated areas? How do we cope with demographic change? How do we improve education throughout the world, particularly in professions related to health? These questions stand at the heart of this year’s World Health Summit.

In 2014 Brazil hosted not only the World Cup but also the World Health Summit Regional Meeting Latin America, organized by Faculdade de Medicina da USP, held in April in São Paulo. This meeting evoked many of the topics that will now be pursued at the World Health Summit 2014 in Berlin. They stimulate a clear call for timely and global action. The World Health Summit acknowledges this demand, and we are happy to provide a forum and framework through which these challenges can be addressed on a global scale. Plans are already ongoing to get ready for the next World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Kyoto, Japan, April 13- 14, 2015.

The World Health Summit in Berlin 2014 unites participants from about 90 countries and all health sectors, representing a unique wealth of expertise. Only a global collaboration that unites academia, the private sector, politics and civil society can provide the key to solving the problems of health and health systems today and tomorrow: Together we can develop realistic solutions. Together we can initiate an overdue process of change. Together we can make the world a healthier place.

As Presidents of the World Health Summit, it is our great pleasure to cordially welcome you all to the 6th World Health Summit, October 19 - 22, 2014 in Berlin. We wish you a pleasant and fruitful time and hope that you will leave with a feeling of having accomplished something meaningful in our efforts to improve health worldwide.

José Otávio Costa Auler Jr.
WHS President 2014

Detlev Ganten
WHS President


The program was structured by four main tracks:

  1. Education and Leadership
  2. Research and Innovation
  3. Evidence to Policy
  4. Global Health for Development

Central topics were (among others):

  • Climate Change and Health
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Healthy Cities & Prevention
  • Medical Education



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Allen, Stephen
Allotey, Pascale
Andrews, Ron
Annick Girardin
Aslanyan, Garry
Atukunda, Esther
Atzler, Dorothee
Atzor, Sabine
Auler, José Otavio
Awiti, Alex


Banda, James
Baracat, Edmund
Bartko, Roberto
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Beaudet, Alain
Behrendt, Christoph
Benn, Christoph
Benova, Lenka
Bergtröm, Richard
Binka, Fred
Bleiker, Joachim
Boehme, Catharina
Böger, Klaus
Boisjoly, Hélène
Bompart, Francois
Bosse, Goetz
Bountra, Chas
Bowen, Kathryn
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Calov, Annika
Caman, Ozge Karadag
Canny, Ben
Carrese, Joseph
Carroll, Martin
Carter, Adrian
Casamitjana, Nuria
Cerri, Giovanni Guido
Chadha, Shelly
Charbit, Yves
Chase, Peter
Chęciński, Paweł
Chêne, Geneviève
Chew, Paul
Clark, Jackie L.
Cook, Sarah
Cozigou, Gwenole


Dahlmann, Anna
Dardel, Frédéric
Dassler, Frank
Daszak, Peter
Del Signore, Susanne
Doll-Tepper, Gudrun
Duda, Georg
Dumez, Vincent
Düzel, Emrah


Eid, Uschi
Einhäupl, Karl Max
Eschenhagen, Thomas


Flahault, Antoine
Frede, Frank-Michael
Frei, Ulrich
Fryer, Andrew
Fukuhara, Shunichi
Fukuma, Shingo
Funkenberg, Tanja


Ganten, Detlev
Gerber, Michael
Gibbs, Paul
Gill, Dalvir
Glass, Roger
Goeppel, Christine
Göhde, Roland
Goto, Rei
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Gröhe, Hermann
Grosse, Pascal
Gross, Manfred
Gruss, Peter
Grüters-Kieslich, Annette
Güllemann, Heine
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Halioua, Eric
Hammerstein, David
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Haverkamp, Laura
Heinze, Hans-Jochen
Heinz, Franz
Heymann, David
Hirsch, Martin
Hood, Leroy
Hrabé de Angelis, Martin


Islam, Mohammad Mainul


Jayaratne, Kapila
Jefferson, Sarah
Johnstone, Robert Andrew


Kalil, Jorge
Kalkbrenner, Frank
Kanthak, Katharina
Karatzas, Dorian
Kazatchkine, Michel
Kaufmann, Petra
Kawachi, Ichiro
Kennedy, William A.
Kenny, Rose Anne
Kickbusch, Ilona
Kieny, Marie-Paule
Kirsch, Tom
Kitano, Hiroaki
Klag, Michael
Klenk, Hans-Dieter
Korff, Christian
Krafft, Thomas
Krämer, Alexander
Krieger, Eduardo Moacyr
Krieger, José Eduardo
Kroenke, Martin
Krüger, Detlev
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Larsson, Stefan
Lin, Frank
Löllgen, Herbert
Lomp, Hans-Jürgen
Looi, Lai-Meng
Louardi, El Houssaine


Maas, Jochen
Mallender, Jacqueline
Marschang, Sascha
Marshall, Barry
Matthiessen, Line
McNeil, John
Ménard, Joël
Menne, Bettina
Mettenleiter, Thomas
Meyer, Philippe
Middleton, Lefkos
Mitchell, Christina
Möröy, Tarik
Mundy, Justin


Neumann, Katrin
Ng, Nawi
Niehrs, Christof
Nigg, Benno
Nimmesgern, Elmar
Nolan, Canice


Ohiri, Kelechi
Olusanya, Bolajoko O.
Osterhaus, Albert
Otte, Evelyn
Oyebola, Bolanle


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Patz, Jonathan
Pearson, Mark
Paquet, Christophe
Peters, Harm
Peters, Jan-Michael
Pizarro, Louis
Plischke, Wolfgang
Pommier, Jeanine


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Rawlins, Michael
Razum, Oliver
Reidpath, Daniel
Reinhardt, Erich
Reitenbach, Dagmar
Ribeiro, Helena
Riboli, Elio
Rietschel, Ernst
Rinke, Moritz
Rivière-Bourhis, Florence
Rochkind, David
Rogge, Jacques
Røttingen, John-Arne


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Sauerborn, Rainer
Saunders, James E.
Schäffner, Elke
Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim
Schmitz-Hübsch, Jan
Schneider, Anja
Schneider, Gisela
Schütte, Georg
Sebbag, Robert
Seeger, Werner
Selvaraj, Sakthivel
Silberhorn, Thomas
Simon, Melissa
Smith, Ian
Solimano, Giorgio
Stahl, Bernd Carsten
Steinmeier, Frank-Walter
Stringer, Paige
Strub-Wourgaft, Nathalie
Sturchio, Jeffrey
Suk, Jonathan
Sukumaran, Rajeev
Suter, Peter M.


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Thölken, Hinrich
Thomas, Adrian
Tinnemann, Peter
Townsend, David
Tran, Bach


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Vijver, Steven van de
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Wathion, Noël
Weber-Mosdorf, Susanne
Wetekam, Volker
Whisstock, James
White, Karl R.
Wiestler, Otmar
Wittelsberger, Angela
Wolfarth, Bernd
Wong, John Eu-Li
Wowereit, Klaus


Zheng, Zhijie
Zylka-Menhorn, Vera

Satellite Meetings

25th European Students' Conference

25th European Students' Conference: Rethinking Medical Research – how do we achieve innovation?

Open to all, registration is mandatory
September 17-20, 2014
Host: ESC Berlin
Location: Forum 3, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353 Berlin

The ESC was founded in 1989 and has become one of the largest biomedical students' conferences in Europe, with more than 500 international attendees every year. Its mission is to be an interdisciplinary platform for international scientific exchange between students, clinicians, and professors from different fields of research and various cultures.

This year’s lecture series will explore the dichotomy of medical advances by looking at achievements, opportunities, and challenges that researchers and physicians face. Topics range from pharmaceutical innovations, revolutionary health policies to advances in Global Health – this year's keynote speakers will be:

  • Prof. Dr. Marianne Legato (Columbia University) - Gender Medicine Expert
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dirnagl (Charité Berlin) - Chief Executive Director of the Center for Stroke Research Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Barry R. Bloom (Harvard University) - Chair & Advisory Committee at the WHO
  • Prof. Dr. John P. A. Ioannidis (Stanford University) - Co-Director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford
  • Prof. Dr. Amit Meller (Boston University / Israel Inst. of Technology) - Expert on Single Molecule Biophysics & Nano-Biotechnology

For further information, visit or contact info(at)

3rd Pan-African / WHS Global Forum

Open to all, registration is mandatory
October 17, 2014
Host: German Heart Institute Berlin, African Cultural Institute
Location: Deutsches Herzzentrum Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, Berlin

Room: Library, Second Floor

"Healthcare Economics in Cardiovascular Medicine"

The forum will focus on continuing education and on strategies for improving capacity strengthening programs and infrastructure maintenance. The faculty will share with the participants their experience in data collection, sharing in clinical cardiology, cardiac surgery and cardiovascular sciences in the tropics, and challenges beyond the Millennium Development Goals 2015.

The forum will provide useful guidelines for policy makers in the developing world for planning appropriate capacity building programmes for the next two decades.

For further information, visit or contact Inka.Telschow(at)


New Weapons In The Fight Against TB – How To Ensure Their Rational Use

Open to all, registration is mandatory
October 19, 2014, 2-4pm
Host: Koch-Metchnikov-Forum
Location: Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft, Breite Str. 29, 10178 Berlin (walking distance to the WHS venue)

International experts will present the epidemiological situation (trends, regions of interest, potential future developments) and the microbiological situation (resistance patterns, cluster formation, spread of M. tuberculosis Beijing, diagnostic tools) as basis for the panel discussion.

For further information, visit

Centre Virchow-Villermé

Comparison of the French and German Position in the Health Sector Regarding the POST-2015 Development Debate

Open to all, registration is mandatory
October 19, 2014
Host: Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin
Location: (tbc) Federal Foreign Office, Werderscher Markt 1, Berlin

How has each country contributed to the Millenium Development Goals? How is health anchored in the development policies of each country? In which area of the Post-2015 debate do Germany and France work together? Questions like these will be discussed in a round-table discussion with experts from ministries, NGOs and researchers from France and Germany.

The Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin is a joint initiative of Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Université Sorbonne Paris Cité. Initiated by the French-German council of ministers and founded in 2013, the Centre aims at gathering researchers and students from France and Germany to work on important topics in the field of Public and Global Health.

Further information and registration: Susanne.stoeckemann(at)

Global Health Research & Development

Global Health Research & Development:
Mapping Funding Flows– Working Towards a Common Approach

Open to all, registration is mandatory
October 20, 2014, 10am
Host: WHO, Wellcome Trust, TDR, Charité
Location: Charité CrossOver (CCO), Virchowweg 6, 10117 Berlin, Germany

New tools are available to collate and analyze data from electronic sources to provide better information on research & development (R&D) funding flows. The issue of getting a comprehensive picture of Global Health R&D, to know what research is currently being undertaken - where, by whom, and which organizations are supporting it - is currently a black hole in the Global Health landscape. A map of global health R&D activities will improve the coordination of research and help to match limited resources with global health research priorities.

Recently the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for collating, coordinating and prioritizing research. Research funders are working to build a consensus to make financial flows for health R&D projects public.

From this meeting, a report is expected describing commitments and agreements by institutions participating for moving this agenda forward and recommending practical next steps.

Further information is available at:

For registration please contact:
Taghreed ADAM (adamt(at) or Peter TINNEMANN (peter.tinnemann(at)


Transforming Medical Research - Academia’s Role in Catalyzing an Adequate Medical Research and Development System

October 20, 2014, 12-2pm
Hosts: Universities Allied for Essential Medicine (UAEM), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
Location: Arcotel John F, Werderscher Markt 11, 10117 Berlin

The world is facing an ever more troubling crisis regarding medical access and innovation. Millions of patients worldwide do not have access to existing lifesaving treatments due to affordability problems, and many do not receive adequate treatment because their conditions are systematically neglected under the current innovation ecosystem. The World Health Organisation´s Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination, has developed extensive recommendations on how to tackle this crisis.

The discussion was taken up favorably by member states at last year’s and this year’s World Health Assembly. There is a growing consensus that any solution to the access and innovation crisis will be based on the principle of de-linkage. This concept refers to financing mechanisms that untie the costs of research and development, from the cost of the medical end product.

So far, academia has been slow in taking up these major developments in the political sphere, and in grasping the potential benefits that these might entail for public research institutions. The goal of this session is to foster the discussion between different stakeholders on the potential benefits of a de-linked medical research and development system.

1st German-African Healthcare Symposium

Open to all, registration is mandatory
October 23, 2014
Host: Afrika Verein
Location: Karl Stortz GmbH & Co. KG, Besucher- und Schulungszentrum, Scharnhorststr. 3, 10115 Berlin

(The event will be held in German)

Die afrikanische Mittelschicht wächst, die Wirtschaft verzeichnet Wachstumsraten von durchschnittlich 5 Prozent, gleichzeitig muss die Gesundheitsinfrastruktur enorm ausgebaut werden – Treiber für den afrikanischen Gesundheitsmarkt gibt es viele. So wird in zahlreichen afrikanischen Ländern ein Investitionsschub erwartet: von staatlicher und privater Seite. Die deutsche Gesundheitswirtschaft engagiert sich bisher noch verhalten auf dem Kontinent. Dies sollte sich nun ändern – denn weiterer wirtschaftlicher Aufschwung funktioniert nur mit gesunden Menschen.

Das Symposium wird die wichtigsten Entscheidungsträger der Branche zusammenbringen, um zukünftige Geschäftsmöglichkeiten in Afrika auszuloten und die deutsche Gesundheitswirtschaft auf die Potenziale des afrikanischen Kontinents aufmerksam zu machen.

Further information and registration:

World Health Summit 2014 in the Media

In 2014, more than 500 reports – spanning print, online, TV, and radio – were generated on the World Health Summit. These include 200+ articles published during the event in Berlin, which was held from October 19-22.


M8 Statement
World Health Summit 2014

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Berlin Declaration on Ebola
World Health Summit 2014

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M8 Statement São Paulo
WHS Regional Meeting
Latin America

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Media Report

(0,8 MB)

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WHS Program 2014
(7,5 MB)

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WHS Regional Meeting Program
Latin America, São Paulo
(13,1 MB)

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WHS 2013 Yearbook
World Health Summit 2013
(PDF, 4 MB)

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