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Newsletter 03/2021: #WHS2021 Speakers, Regional Meeting, Birthday Wishes

Dear friends,

As much as we are all affected by the global pandemic, we can - and should - also learn from one another in tackling COVID-19. Global partnerships in health research enable innovation and better health.

Given the global threat posed by COVID-19, it is our responsibility as researchers and an educated society to use our collective expertise to combat the virus and develop therapies. But the global community needs more: to make real progress, it is crucial that we achieve universal health coverage. The Sustainable Development Goal 3 “Health for All” is yet to be reached and we must work together towards this and other health-related goals. We must understand that in the face of global threats, we are indeed only as strong as the weakest link.

Universal health coverage is an important step towards being better prepared for potential future pandemics and related challenges. Responding to threats like COVID-19 requires a broad societal approach, international collaboration among all sectors, and trusted public leadership.

To improve global health, international exchange and collaboration among diverse institutions from different sectors of society is highly important. The joint development of advanced methods is the key to sustainable innovations in medicine and science. Thus, the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies play an important role in bringing different actors together to advance toward the goal of Health for All

Let us work together and try to make a real difference for global health.

With kind regards,

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit

Charles Ibingira
International President 2021


Latest confirmed speakers for the World Health Summit 2021

More information on speakers here

Please find the most recent version of the World Health Summit 2021 program here 


The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2021 – Uganda, Kampala & Digital will take place from June 27-30.

Mark your calenders and get more information here

Contact the director of the organizing secretariat Hanifah N. Bukirwa


M8 Alliance Webinar Series on Migrant and Refugee Health

Register for "Ensuring the Covid-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants" on March 30, 3:00 pm CET.

The third M8 Alliance Expert Meeting webinar is organized by Sapienza University of Rome together with the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and will feature speakers like Alyna Smith and Michele LeVoy of PICUM, Johanna Offe of Médecins du Monde, Frank Vanbiervliet of Bruss’help, Joanna Vearey of Wits University and Stephen Matlin of Imperical College London. 

Get all information on registration, speakers and program here

Migrant and Refugee Health has been a focus topic of the M8 Alliance since 2016 with regular expert meetings and sessions at the World Health Summit.

Get all information on the webinar series, expert meetings, and the focus topic here
Recordings of all webinars are available on the World Health Summit YouTube channel


Save the Dates

M8 Alliance Expert Meeting - Webinar: Digital Solutions for Migrant and Refugee Health
April 19, 2021, Digital
Sapienza University of Rome and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

M8 Alliance Expert Meeting - Webinar: Strengthening Healthcare Systems in Europe while Improving Migrant Health
May 27, 2021, Digital
Sapienza University of Rome and Emergency


Zeit Wissen³ & Die Zeit: 3 1/2 Questions with Axel R. Pries

Read what World Health Summit President Axel R. Pries has to say about the importance of teamwork, communication, and cooperation and his favourite books in the Zeit science newsletter Wissen³ here and in the Zeit print edition here. (In German)

More World Health Summit Media Mentions here


On Sunday, March 28 we all celebrate the 80th birthday of Detlev Ganten, founder of the World Health Summit.

Detlev is a specialist in pharmacology and molecular medicine and one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of cardiovascular diseases. He was President of the Helmholtz Association, a member of the National Ethics Council and chairman of the board of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch. He has received many international awards for his work in research. 

In 2009 Detlev Ganten initiated the World Health Summit on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Charité as an international, interdisciplinary conference in Berlin and stayed our president until the end of 2020.

"There is nothing more important than working for the health of individual people, especially those in need, but also for better health of all people around the world. Health is an entry point and directly related to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ranging from No Poverty and No Hunger to Life Below Water and Life On Land to Partnership for the Goals. Let us work together for this noble humanitarian cause: healthy lives on a healthy planet!”

Happy Birthday, dear Detlev!


Life Science Venture Market 2021: Call for Proposals

Start-ups in Health and Lifesciences: Apply for the Life Sciences Venture Market at the virtual Charité BIH Entrepreneurship Summit on May 11 and get the chance to present digitally also at the World Health Summit 2021 in October in Entrepreneurs in Global Health

More information and application here


Forum on Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines

The "Forum for Global Health Ethics: Equitable Access to Covid-19 Vaccines" will take place online on March 29, 2:30 pm CET and will feature a discussion about the priority of values and ethical principles that should guide vaccine allocation. The event is supported by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the World Health Summit and the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics.


One Sustainable Health Forum Launch

Join the "One Sustainable Health Forum" Launch Event on April 6, 2 pm CET. The Forum defines itself as an inclusive and collaborative approach to assist all stakeholders on the path towards universal health and the 2030 SDGs. The key question: How can we translate the One Sustainable Health Initiative into tangible projects?

More information on the "One Sustainable Health" approach and registration here


"Building a fairer, healthier world" is the motto of the World Health Day 2021.

Learn more here 


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Regional Meeting 2021

Kampala, Uganda & Digital

June 27-30, 2021

World Health Summit 2021

Berlin, Germany & Digital

October 24-26, 2021

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