World Health Summit 2017

Date: October 15-17


Karl-Marx-Allee 131a
10243 Berlin, Germany

High Patrons of the World Health Summit

Excerpt from the Welcome Message 2017:

"The World Health Summit has become a well and widely respected international forum when it comes to the joint search for effective responses to global health issues. I want to express my heartfelt thanks for the valuable work you are doing, by contributing your knowledge and experience to this common effort."

Excerpt from the Welcome Message 2017:

"Cooperation between states, the scientific, economic and medical stakeholders, and civil society is essential and must be planned over the long term. The World Health Summit has become a key forum for addressing these issues in a cross-cutting manner by bringing together these actors on an international level."

Excerpt from the Welcome Message 2017:

"Our joint resolve to protect the health and wellbeing of all of our citizens now and in the future is stronger than ever. As with every year, the World Health Summit is a key milestone in our efforts. I urge you all to make the most of the week and wish you a successful event full of healthy discussions."

Speakers included:

Comprehensive list of speakers

Central topics included:

Health Policy in the G7/G20: The Future of Global Health Governance

Healthcare has developed into a key policy issue that is discussed at both national and international levels. In 2017, the G20 will for the first time include a meeting of national Health Ministers in a forum set to cover topics like health security and Antimicrobial Resistance. The health governance issues inherent in the Sustainable Development Goals have underlined how increasing financial and political commitments are central to solving global health challenges.

Global Health Security: Policy Responses to Planetary Challenges

If we want to create a world that is more secure from infectious diseases and other threats to health, the global community must enhance its collective capacity for resilience, and respond more quickly to crises. To reach those goals, we must first create and nurture policy synergies between nation-states and international organizations, and then move towards improving communication activities with both public and private stakeholders.

Healthy and Resilient Cities: Rethinking Urban Transformation

Urban populations face many health risks, among them pollution, noise, overcrowding, traffic, insufficient access to drinking water and sanitary facilities, crime, and infectious disease. A major challenge is integrating health into urban planning, investment and policy decisions – and making it a transformative driver of sustainable development at the city level.

Vaccine Research and Development: Challenges and Opportunities

When it comes to fighting infectious diseases, vaccines offer top economic and social value, and they also represent the best means for controlling, eliminating and eradicating dangerous communicable pathogens. Intensified global efforts to step up vaccine research and development are therefore a must, especially for neglected tropical diseases. A central challenge is that in some developed countries, where popular perceptions no longer view infection or epidemics as a serious risk, mindsets will need to change.

Strengthening Innovation and Health Systems in Africa

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will require significant innovations regarding how investments and partnerships are developed with Africa. Attaining these goals will only be possible via utilizing integrated approaches to health, development and security, as well as consensus-building based upon information sharing and knowledge exchange. Furthermore, tools and approaches used for distinct goals such as ending the AIDS epidemic in Africa could be used for a process of social transformation which will contribute to achieving other SDGs without leaving anyone behind.

Big Data for Health Governance: Benefits, Frameworks and Ethics

Data is now a cornerstone of the healthcare industry. It documents everything from blood pressure readings and surgical records to insurance claims, immunization histories, patient demographics and receipts of payment. But even though Big Data can bridge the gap between healthcare delivery and population health and improve many health outcomes through enhanced methods of research, the detailed collection of personal information poses ethical, regulatory and technical challenges.

World Health Summit Night 2017

The World Health Summit Night as the central networking event hosted the award ceremony of the Startup Track with German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe.

Date: October 16
Opening: 6:00pm
Beginning: 6:30pm
Location: Saal 1 | Rudolf Virchow
Venue: Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a, 10243 Berlin

Every participant of the World Health Summit was invited to this event. External guests could buy tickets on-site for 40 Euros each.

Held under the high patronage of:

Hermann Gröhe
Federal Minister of Health Germany

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 in science, industry and politics to set up future collaborations and get to know potential mentors, investors and advisory board members.

World Health Summit Startup Track Winner

"It's like winning the Oscars", Asher Hasan of doctHERs said after being awarded by German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe. His idea of digitally connecting female healthworkers in rural areas convinced  the jury: "Our winner combines both a significant impact on health and sets a vital and timely direction for social change. Their ideas have the potential to improve lives across many countries and regions worldwide."

These companies pitched their ideas at the World Health Summit 2017:

 (in alphabetical order)

CompanyBusiness AreaCountry
Amparo GmbHAssistive DevicesGermany
CareNX InnovationsMaternal and Child HealthIndia
doctHERsDigital HealthPakistan
Fosanis GmbHCancer CareGermany
imito AGVisual DocumentationSwitzerland
monikit UGEpilepsyGermany
PharmaChkQuality DetectionUSA
SciDogma ResearchDiagnosticsIndia
WeCare.idHealthcare FinancingIndonesia

Satellite Events

Berlins Rolle in Global Health

Impulse aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft

Registration mandatory
September 20, 2017
Location: Hörsaalruine, Campus Charité Mitte, Virchowweg 17, 10117 Berlin
Hosts: Berliner Wirtschaftsgespräche, Charité, Stiftung Charité, World Health Summit
Language: German only

Berlin ist einer der bedeutendsten Standorte für Lebenswissenschaften und Gesundheit in Europa, Deutschland selbst eines der wichtigsten Länder in der globalen Gesundheitspolitik. Es engagiert sich zunehmend für die Verbesserung der Gesundheit der Weltbevölkerung und hat zurecht die globale Gesundheit zu einer strategischen Priorität gemacht. Die Podiumsdiskussion wird sich der Beantwortung der Frage widmen, welche politischen und strukturellen Weichenstellungen notwendig sind, um Berlin im internationalen Wettbewerb als Zentrum für Global Health noch besser strategisch zu positionieren.


  • Peter Albiez
    Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, Pfizer Deutschland GmbH
  • Katri Bertram
    Head of Advocacy & Policy, Save the Children Deutschland
  • Dr. Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen
    Senator für Finanzen in Berlin
  • Dr. Bärbel-Maria Kurth
    Leiterin der Abteilung für Epidemiologie und Gesundheitsmonitoring, Robert-Koch-Institut
  • Astrid Lurati
    Direktorin des Klinikums und Mitglied des Vorstands, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


  • Prof. Dr. Ilona Kickbusch
    Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Genf

Molecular Biology of Aging – Sino-German Perspectives

Registration Mandatory
October 12-13, 2017
Location: Leopoldina, Reinhardtstraße 14, 10117 Berlin
Host: German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

In Europe as well as Asia, population aging has a tremendous societal impact. At the same time, life science research in advanced countries like China and in Europe has the potential to establish a solid understanding of cellular aging and, in the future, offer remedies for some of the flip sides of aging. Matching Chinese and German top-level academics in a discussion on aging research should generate new ideas and fuel new research.

Germany’s and Japan’s Role in Global Health

Invitation only - registration
October 12-13, 2017
Location: Japanese-German Center Berlin, Saargemünder Str. 2 14195 Berlin
Hosts: Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin, Graduate Institute Geneva, Institute, National center for Global Health and Medicine, World Health Summit

This symposium will track the genesis, impact and trajectory of German and Japanese global health policies and commitments over the last 25 years, especially by looking at the political and economic determinants. The symposium would also look to compare the role and influence of the two countries in the global health arena. It will assess what role the two countries have played in setting a new global health agenda and in providing financing for major initiatives - and most importantly, why they made these choices.

Further information on the program

Hacking Global Health: Improving Urban Health in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Application is mandatory
October 15-17, 2017
Location: Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a, 10243 Berlin - inside the World Health Summit venue
Host: KfW Development Bank

Small and multi-disciplinary teams will create and develop ideas on how to improve urban health in Africa, Asia and Latin America and present these to an audience of experts from all over the world. The winning team will receive a complementary one year membership in the German Healthcare Partnership (GHP) and the possibility to present their idea to the GHP network.

4th German-African Healthcare Symposium: Health Security

Open to all, Registration
October 18, 2017
Location: Ellington Hotel Berlin, Nürnberger Strasse 50-55, 10789 Berlin
Host: Afrika Verein, German Healthcare Partnership

This year’s German-African Healthcare Symposium will discuss the G20 healthcare topics and focus on health security. Together with high-level experts from Africa, Germany and Europe we want to discuss the results of the G20 Healthcare Conference, which took place in May 2017 and shed light on the discussion with an economic perspective. This event is in particular directed to medium sized enterprises.

Q Berlin Questions

October 19–20, 2017
Location: Schiller Theater Berlin, Bismarckstraße 110, 10625 Berlin

Berlin has a reputation for being a city of freedom, openness, diversity, and change. It is a place where some of the world’s biggest questions have been and will continue to be discussed and explored. Q Berlin Questions is the city’s first platform for global discourse. Q will shine light on the biggest areas of transformation of our time and discover how these are reflected in the city.

German-Arab Health Conference

Enabling Saudi Arabia’s Healthcare Transformation

Open to all, Registration mandatory
October 19, 2017
Location: Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin

October 18, 2017
Reception and Dinner
Location: Waldorf Astoria, Hardenbergstraße 28, 10623 Berlin

Host: German Healthcare Partnership, Ghorfa, NMI
Sponsors: Siemens Healthineers

The purpose of the German-Arab Health Conference is to exchange ideas on the transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s health system through cooperation between a variety of actors from Saudi Arabia and Germany. Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is an ambitious set of targets that brings with it a variety of opportunities for Saudi Arabia’s health system and the healthcare industry. 

Flucht und Gesundheit: Theoretische Perspektiven im Kontext von Menschenrechten und sozialer Ungleichheit

Open to all, Registration
October 19, 2017
Location: Universität Bielefeld, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), Methoden 1, 33615 Bielefeld
Host: Universität Bielefeld, NRW Fortschrittskolleg
Language: German only

Im Rahmen dieses Symposiums sollen theoretische Perspektiven auf das Themenfeld „Flucht und Gesundheit“ aus dem Blickwinkel unterschiedlicher wissenschaftlicher Perspektiven erörtert werden. Neben Menschenrechten, Menschenwürde und Gesundheit von Geflüchteten stehen soziale und gesundheitliche Ungleichheiten im Kontext von Flucht im Vordergrund.

Global health – Hot topics for the future

Open to all, registration
October 20, 2017
Location: Universität Bielefeld, Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZiF), Methoden 1, 33615 Bielefeld
Host: Universität Bielefeld, NRW Fortschrittskolleg

Despite recent nationalistic political developments, themes of global health dominate the current and future public health agenda, e.g. climate change, financial crisis and global refugee migration. In this symposium renowned scholars from Germany and abroad will address hot topics that range from the global threat due to infectious diseases over population health effects of urbanisation to those of violence and the refugee crisis.

Further information on the program
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