10th World Health Summit 2018



October 14-16, 2018


Karl-Marx-Allee 131a
10243 Berlin, Germany


3 Days – 100 Nations – 300 Speakers – 2,400 Participants

Looking back on the 10th World Health Summit in Berlin, we are overwhelmed by the overall interest it drew, as well as the quality of contributions and level of commitment at the event.

The 2,400 participants from over 100 nations enjoyed an atmosphere of curiosity and pursued common goals by collectively investing time and expertise. The 300 speakers addressed a broad range of global health issues in over 50 sessions.

World leaders from academia, politics, civil society and the private sector together discussed new strategies in strengthening health systems, how to best prepare for the next pandemic, and the chances and challenges posed by the digital healthcare revolution.

World Health Summit Movie 2018

This five-minute video reflects the beautiful atmosphere among our 2,400 participants and features some of our wonderful speakers.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and to our film maker Mabel Gundlach and her team.

View World Health Summit Movie 2018

Opening Ceremony with a video message from the ISS

As a special highlight, ISS Commander Alexander Gerst addressed the World Health Summit participants in a video message at the opening ceremony. High-level speakers at the kick-off included the German Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, who made strong statements for open science, data sharing, and the position of women in research.

View Alexander Gerst's video message

World Health Summit 2018 Presidents

João Gabriel Silva
University of Coimbra

Fernando Regateiro
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Coimbra University Hospitals

Detlev Ganten
Chairman of the Board, Charité Foundation
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Main Topics

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

Speakers 2018

Leading researchers, physicians, government officials, representatives from industry, NGOs and health care systems worldwide

Speaker Index

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.

WHO website: Global Action Plan

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.

Video recordings of the Joint Plenary

10th World Health Summit: Testimonials

On the occasion of the 10th World Health Summit 2018, leading Global Health experts from all over the world congratulate and express what this strategic forum means for them. We'd like to thank everyone who has made this exciting journey possible!

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M8 Declaration

The M8 Alliance Berlin Declaration 2018 stresses the central role of health as a driving force in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and advocates a holistic and science-driven approach to solving the global health challenges.

Download the Declaration [PDF | 617kb]

Science has to take responsibility

10 Years World Health Summit—The Road to Better Health for All: On October 14, 2018, M8 Alliance Members have published an opinion article in the journal Frontiers in Public Health.

View article online

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.

Download Press Release [PDF | 500kb]

Startup Track 2018

At the World Health Summit, around 2,000 stakeholders and decision-makers from 100 countries and every field in the healthcare spectrum work together to find solutions for global health challenges. As the world’s foremost strategic forum for Global Health, it promotes thought leadership in science and advances Global Health agendas.

The World Health Summit Startup Track highlights outstanding ideas and innovative business concepts that have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and improve Global Health. Attending the World Health Summit provides young entrepreneurs with three days of access to world leaders from science, industry, politics, and civil society to set up future collaborations and get to know potential mentors, investors and board members.

Eyeluminati Wins World Health Summit Startup Award 2018

15.10.2018. The glove Manovue, developed by the company Eyeluminati, is the world's first intelligent personal assistant for the visually impaired. It combines vision intelligence and the internet of things and helps users to read any printed text without knowing the braille language. By providing haptic feedback, the glove also helps people with vision impairments to move around freely outside well-known environments.

Press releases

Finalists 2018

Out of 60 applications from 19 countries, the jury had invited 25 Startups to visit the World Health Summit 2018. 10 of them pitched their ideas to the jury and the World Health Summit audience:

Jury 2018

  • Dr. Kai-Uwe Bindseil, Berlin Partner
  • Jutta Klauer, Pfizer Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Tobias Kurth, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Dr. Shari Langemak, Physician and Digital Healthcare Expert
  • Dr. Markus Müschenich, Flying Health
  • Thimo V. Schmitt-Lord, Bayer Foundations
  • Dr. Anna Babette Stier, German Federal Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Alf Wachsmann, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Ute E. Weiland, Deutschland – Land der Ideen (Speaker)
  • Dr. Rolf Zettl, Berlin Institute of Health

New Voices in Global Health

The New Voices in Global Health initiative promotes the active participation of young scientists in the World Health Summit. Selected participants have presented their work at the World Health Summit in October 2018 in Berlin.

Winners 2018

Out of 99 applications from 40 countries, the World Health Summit Scientific Committee has selected 10 winners to actively participate in and present their work at the World Health Summit 2018:

  • Faith Agbozo, Abdulai Abubakari and Albrecht Jahn | Institute of Public Health, Heidelberg University Medical Faculty, Germany: Is there need to reconsider screening procedures for gestational diabetes mellitus at lower level facilities? Evidence from a diagnostic accuracy study
  • Syeda Akila Ally |  University of Chicago: Suicide as a Mental Health Outcome: A Case Study of South Asia’s Mental Health Policy and Infrastructure
  • Rebecca Racheal Apolot | Makerere University School of Public Health: The Game Changers: Breaking Through Resource Limitation to Ebola Control by Community Structures: The Case of Bombali District – Sierra Leone
  • Franz Castro | Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies: Determinants of under-5 mortality reduction in Central America: a secondary analysis from the GBD Study data
  • Moyukh Chowdhury | Umeå University: AMR-Watch: A pilot study to initiate Antimicrobial Resistance surveillance system in North-eastern Bangladesh
  • Kealoha Fox | Office of Hawaiian Affairs: Health in All Policies Legislation that Integrates Cultural Values with State Government Planning
  • Berit Sofie Hustad Hembre | The Norwegian Institute of Public Health: Access to medicines and structural power: The perceived role of the state and emerging state actors in landmark reports
  • Connor Rochford | University of Oxford: A One Health Approach to the Global Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance – review of evidence and three possible models
  • Hannah Thomas | NIHR Unit of Global Surgery (Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh and Warwick), Clinical Surgery, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK: Safety Processes Undermined During Surgical Emergencies? A Comparison of WHO Surgical Safety Checklist Use and Outcomes in a Large, Multinational Cohort of Surgical Patients
  • Tran Thu Ngan, Do Van Vuong, Nguyen Tuan Lam, Hoang Van Minh | Hanoi University of Public Health and World Health Organization-Vietnam Office: Willingness to participate and pay for smoking cessation service through text-messaging in Vietnam

Young Physician Leaders

Effective healthcare institutions need effective leaders. Still, many young professionals have to learn their leadership skills almost by trial and error as too few countries are actually providing the necessary training.

The 8th InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health Young Physician Leaders (YPL) Programme helps building capacity in this area. It has been held on 12-16 October 2018 in conjunction with the 10th World Health Summit in Berlin.

The programme was articulated in three parts:

  • A specific leadership development programme with a focus on analysing models of leadership with the aim of developing an individual action plan for personal leadership growth.
  • A visit sponsored by the Bayer Science and Education Foundation to health research laboratories in the Berlin area.
  • Participation by the awardees in the events of the World Health Summit, a forum within which the YPL will be exposed to an outstanding scientific and policy programme attended by a global group of medical and scientific professionals.

This IAP for Health programme once again collaborated with the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) with the support of the Tides Foundation, the Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Bayer Science & Education Foundation.

It offered a unique learning and networking opportunity for 20 outstanding Young Physician Leaders under the age of 40 who:

  • are pursuing careers in medical education, clinical leadership, public health, health policy and health services management,
  • show great promise for leadership in their chosen careers,
  • are enthusiastic personalities able to represent the medical profession e.g. when interacting with senior professionals.

Satellite Events

In association with the World Health Summit 2018, several partners have organized satellite events.

Oxford-Berlin Workshop on Global Health

Global Health is an evolving domain unifying concepts and interventions related to health and disease in a globalized world. A key feature of Global Health is its multi-disciplinary and trans-sectoral approach addressing health problems that are not restricted by national borders, such as emerging infections, antimicrobial resistance, major non-communicable diseases, as well as the consequences of social and environmental change (climate change, migration, pollution, etc.) on health and disease.

The Oxford-Berlin Workshop on Global Health brought together researchers from Oxford and Berlin universities on October 12, 2018, to initiate new networks and projects in the area of Global Health. It took place in the frame of the Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership, a far-reaching cooperation between the University of Oxford and the members of the Berlin University Alliance – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – based on a joint memorandum of understanding signed in December 2017.


Oxford-Berlin Research Partnership
Charité Global Health


Nora Anton
Head of International Services | Charité Global Health
Phone: +49 30 450 572 100 | E-Mail

Charité Sprechstunde

Am 13. Oktober 2018 erklärten Professoren und Chefärzte der Charité in der Charité Sprechstunde die großen Volkskrankheiten und beantworteten Fragen des Publikums rund um die Gesundheit. Moderiert wurde die Veranstaltung von TV-Moderator Raiko Thal (rbb praxis und rbb aktuell).

Programm Charité Sprechstunde [PDF | 400kb]
Kurzinfo zu den Referenten der Charité Sprechstunde [PDF | 400kb]

Dementia Prevention by Stroke Prevention

Stroke and dementia are among the leading causes of disability and impairment of quality of life in old age. Vascular diseases are the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, and often contribute to the development of primary neurodegenerative dementias. While therapeutic breakthroughs in the neurodegenerative causes of dementia are still pending, improvements in vascular prevention and stroke treatment offer new and effective approaches to the prevention of dementia.

This was addressed in a World Health Summit Satellite Symposium on October 13, 2018 at the conference venue.

Dementia Prevention by Storke Prevention - Program


5th German-African Healthcare Symposium

The Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft in cooperation with the German-Healthcare Partnership organized the 5th German-African Healthcare Symposium on October 17, 2018, following and in cooperation with the World Health Summit (WHS) in Berlin at the Hotel NH Collection Berlin.

Main topics were:

  • Partners in Health Systems Strengthening (Systemic Strategies, Infrastructure Development, Health Insurance Models, Universal Health Coverage)
  • Matchmaking potential
  • Local Employment and Expertise
  • Local Production - Local Content
  • HOT SEAT: Health 4.0 - The Healthier Future?

Further information


1st German-East European Healthcare Symposium

Health Care Systems Consolidation in Central Asian Countries

The German Eastern Business Association in cooperation with the German Healthcare Partnership organized the 1st German-East European Healthcare Symposium on October 12, 2018.

Download Program [PDF | 430 kb]



We would like to thank each and every partner who contributes the World Health Summit. Without them this strategic forum for global health wouldn't take place.

View the World Health Summit 2018 Partners