New Voices in Global Health

General Information

The New Voices in Global Health initiative promotes the active participation of young scientists in the World Health Summit. Selected participants are invited to each year to present their work at the World Health Summit in October in Berlin.

Information about the application process, criteria and deadlines will be provided on this page in due course.

Winners 2018

Out of 99 applications from 40 countries, the WHS 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


  • To strengthen research and support young academics worldwide
  • To implement the global impetus of the World Health Summit Network to find and support future leaders in health
  • To set tomorrow’s health agenda with the explicit inclusion of tomorrow’s leaders


  • Complimentary registration for the World Health Summit
  • Participation and presentation at the world’s foremost strategic forum for Global Health
  • Partial travel support can be applied for
  • High visibility in the World Health Summit Network of the 20k+ international members active in academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society

Key Facts

  • Target Audience: Emerging researchers in the fields of health and medicine
  • Fees: There is no fee to submit an abstract. Registration fees for attending the World Health Summit will be waived for all selected participants.
  • Frequency: Annually
  • Form of application: Online only via application form
  • Jury: WHS Scientific Committee
  • Presentation: Poster exhibition during the World Health Summit in Berlin
  • Publication: Online


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