World Health Summit 2015
Date: October 11-13
Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1
Summit Entrance: Unterwasserstraße 10, 10117 Berlin
Excerpt from the 2015 Welcome Message:
"The World Health Summit is an excellent venue for expert discussion on the health topics that move us worldwide. We can expect it to deliver valuable input, also as regards to the G7 objectives and the post 2015 agenda for sustainable development. ..."
Excerpt from the 2015 Welcome Message:
"...We have witnessed this solidarity in recent months, when the Ebola virus once against struck West Africa. To be effective, this solidarity must be based on exchanges and shared knowledge and experiences. ..."
Excerpt from the 2015 Welcome Message:
"...As President of the European Commission, I am convinced that, by working together in a focused way on certain health-related issues, we can ensure longer, richer lives for the citizens of Europe and the world. ..."
2015 will surely be remembered for magnificent accomplishments in science and medicine. But there have also been unprecedented developments in an area that affects all our lives intimately and directly: global health. Here it is often the catastrophes that linger in public memory: the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic, and reports placing the number of refugees and displaced people at an all-time high. We fight against microbes that have evolved resistance to drugs, permitting them to reclaim entire regions and spread to new ones. We witness the rising toll of climate change, which now affects the health of billions of people. As organizers of the World Health Summit, we hear all these calls to action.
The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities, and National Academies is now six years old. In 2009 we gathered at the first World Health Summit, which has become a unique forum for promoting global health through networking and dialogue among medical practitioners, academia, government, and the private sector. Over the past six years the M8 Alliance has developed a respected and authoritative voice in decision-making on global health issues. Moreover, among the world’s leading academic health centers we have built new bonds of friendship, trust, and collaboration.
On that solid foundation, 2015 has been a unique and pivotal year. This year's WHS regional meeting was held six months ago in Japan. From that meeting the M8 Alliance issued a statement in which we strongly emphasized the need for resilient health systems. What does that mean? Some of the attendees were able to see what it means, firsthand. Fukushima Medical University co-sponsored the meeting and kindly invited us to visit. There we saw how the people of Fukushima were still responding to the triple disaster of 2011. We saw how global health issues were manifest at the local level, and how they were being dealt with locally. We saw a population that is aging very rapidly. We saw how even an economically advanced country can be deeply challenged by an unforeseen crisis. And we saw how the enthusiasm of the next generation of healthcare leaders obliges us to give them the best guidance and opportunities that we can. Coming out of this year’s regional meeting, the M8 Alliance’s statement focuses us on resilience and on action. Action, that is, to overcome the challenges of rapid aging, responding to and preparing for crises, and fostering new leaders. While each M8 Alliance member will confront these challenges to resilience in its own way, we will learn from each other, and we will share our experiences with the world.
After six years of building a strong base, 2015 may be remembered as the year when we mobilized our base into action. The M8 Alliance will now encourage and support specific actions by its members as they build resilient health systems locally and as they set examples from which the global healthcare community can benefit.
The world is right to expect much from the M8 Alliance. Entering our new action-oriented phase, let us continue working together as we fulfill our founding mission to improve global health. This year’s World Health Summit program reflects that spirit.
Thank you all for your support, and welcome to the World Health Summit 2015!
WHS President 2015
Central topics at the WHS 2015 included:
Antimicrobial Resistance: A Threat to Health Security
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) reduces the ability to treat common infectious diseases. Many standard medical treatments will turn into high-risk procedures. It is now recognized as a global challenge and a priority health security threat by many countries.
Positioning Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address social, economic, and environmental challenges facing humankind and must be implemented through an integrated approach. Health is a critical dimension of the transformative change required to secure human well-being.
Climate Change and Health
Climate change is a health issue. Agreements at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris in December 2015 will affect a wide range of social and environmental factors that influence health, such as clean air, safe drinking water, food supply and housing/shelter security.
Ebola: Preparedness and Response
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa in December 2013 was the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in 1976. The lessons learned underline the need for both core public health capacities: access to health services and cooperation between health and humanitarian actors. Social mobilization and community engagement are key to successfully controlling outbreaks.
The Digital Health Revolution
Digital Health allows us to track, manage, and improve personal and family health through wireless devices, sensing technologies, social networks, mobile and body area networks and health information technology. It has the potential to improve quality, reduce costs, and make medicine more personalized and precise.
There are increasing proposals to transform medical education curricula in order to ensure high-level quality care and the best outcome for patients. Many medical schools are responding with innovations aiming to ensure that the skills acquired during the formative years will prepare students well for a rapidly changing world of health care.
Refugee Health & Mega Disasters
Humanitarian disasters, relentless conflicts, and natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes have resulted in millions of refugees and displaced persons over the past decade, all of whom are in need of help. In order to respond rapidly, we need healthcare and emergency aid systems that are not confined by national borders.
Additional topics include:
- Non-Communicable Diseases
- Mental Health: Evidence and Research
- Sexual Violence: The Health Sector Response
- Value-Based Healthcare
- Trade, Diplomacy and Global Health
Finalists and Shortlisted Startups
More than 70 startups from 17 countries, presenting novel approaches for improving health, applied to present their ideas at the World Health Summit 2015, held from October 11-13 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Honoring the great expertise and creativity of these young companies, the jury invited 30 instead startups to the WHS - 10 pitched their ideas on Monday, October 12.
The winner was awarded by Cornelia Yzer, Berlin Senator for Economics, Technology and Research, during the WHS Night: mPharma, a young company from Ghana, offering medical databases for areas with weak infrastructure development. “Thanks to this prize, we made wonderful new contacts from which mPharma will definitely benefit,” said CEO Gregory Rockson.
Finalists - Pitched their ideas at the WHS 2015
Shortlisted Startups - Invited to the WHS 2015 as Participants
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Abbany, Zulfikar G.
Ageykum, Sylvester Osei
Åkerman Rångemark, Christina
Auler Jr., José Otávio
Bettcher, Douglas W.
Boufford, Jo Ivey
Chiong, Yee Keow
de Cidrac, Charles-Etienne
Ekeke Monono, Martin
El Khormi, Myriam
Gillespie, Thomas R.
Gilpin, Susan Purcell
Grolman, David C.
Guerreiro Baptista Leite,
Hahn, Horst Karl
Haines, Sir Andrew
Hooi, Shing Chuan
Humberg, Kerstin Maria
Johnstone, Robert Andrew
Jones, Debra A.
Jørgensen, Marie Birk
Le Jeunne, Claire
Lewis-Hall, Freda C.
Mansaray, Shecku Kawusu
Murray, Sir Robin
Oettinger, Günther H.
Pries, Axel R.
Qosaj, Fatime Arenliu
Rietschel, Ernst Th.
Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim
Sow, Samba O.
Taib, Nezar Ismet
Tanaka, Elly M.
Unschuld, Paul Ulrich
Valdivia, Leonel A.
Vermuri, Mohan C.
von Bohlen und Halbach, Friedrich
Wiestler, Otmar D.
Wong, John Eu Li
Yonath, Ada E.