Program 2017

Central topics include:

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.

Satellite Events

Berlins Rolle in Global Health

Impulse aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft

Open to all, Registration
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.


  • Steffen Krach
    Staatssekretär für Wissenschaft und Forschung, Berliner Senatskanzlei
  • Prof. Dr. Bärbel-Maria Kurth
    Leiterin der Abteilung für Epidemiologie und Gesundheitsmonitoring, Robert-Koch-Institut
  • Peter Albiez
    Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, Pfizer Deutschland GmbH
  • Astrid Lurati
    Direktorin des Klinikums und Mitglied des Vorstands, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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.

German-Arab Health Conference

Enabling Saudi Arabia’s Healthcare Transformation

Open to all, Registration mandatory
October 19, 2017
Location: Hilton Berlin, Mohrenstr. 30, 10117 Berlin
Host: German Healthcare Partnership, Ghorfa, NMI
Sponsors: Siemens Healthineers

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.