World Health Summit 2018

2.400 Participants - 300 Speakers - 100 Nations - 50 Sessions

October 14 - 16, Kosmos, Berlin, Germany

"The World Health Summit began in 2009 as an international, interdisciplinary conference in Berlin. Ten years on, it has grown into the foremost international strategic forum for global health, with its own annual Regional Meetings around the globe. It has become the premiere platform for eminent international researchers, physicians, government authorities, and representatives from industry, civil society, and healthcare systems to work in total academic freedom on one common goal: helping shape tomorrow’s healthcare agenda."
Detlev Ganten, World Health Summit Founding President


Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

Jean-Claude Juncker
President of the European Commission

World Health Summit Presidents

João Gabriel Silva
Rector, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Fernando Regateiro
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Coimbra University Hospitals, Portugal

Detlev Ganten
Founding President,
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Central Topics

  • Pandemic Preparedness
  • The Sustainable Development Goals: Health in All Policies
  • Access to Essential Medicines
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • The Digital Healthcare Revolution

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Special Events

World Health Summit and Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

In a nod to the World Health Summit's 10th anniversary, the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation took place back-to-back with the World Health Summit in Berlin this year. In a Joint Plenary Session, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus emphasized their strong support for tandem progress towards achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

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M8 Alliance Declaration


We would like to thank each and every partner who contributes to the World Health Summit.

Photos and Videos


Leading global health experts from all over the world congratulate on the occasion of the 10th World Health Summit.

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Special Message from Space

ESA Astronaut and Commander of the International Space Station ISS Alexander Gerst spoke to the World Health Summit participants.

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Startup Track 2018

Winner of the World Health Summit Startup Track 2018: Roopam Sharma, Eyeluminati, India with his product Manovue, the world's first intelligent personal assistant for the visually impaired.

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Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All

At the conference, the Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus presented a plan aimed at aligning cooperation among major global health organizations to help reach UN health targets. He said that "fragmentation, duplication and inefficiency are undermining progress. We must do something differently." The document was signed by eleven leading global health organizations the same day.

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Charité and LSHTM agree on future cooperation

At the 2018 World Health Summit, representatives from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance collaboration and cooperation in global health. The two kicked off the partnership with the announcement that a group of LSHTM researchers is to be based at the Charité to establish the initial stages of the partnership and identify joint research opportunities.

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Satellite Events

5th German-African Healthcare Symposium

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1st German-East European Healthcare Symposium

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Oxford-Berlin Workshop on Global Health

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Charité Sprechstunde (German)

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Dementia Prevention by Stroke Prevention

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World Health Summit Regional Meeting

Hosts: University of Coimbra
Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre
Date:  April 19-20, 2018
Location:  Coimbra, Portugal

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