The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies is the academic foundation of the World Health Summit. The network consists of 28 members in 19 countries, including the InterAcadamy Partnership, which represents the national academies of medicine and science in 130 countries.

The M8 Alliance was initiated by Charité in 2009 on the occasion of the first World Health Summit with the goal of improving health worldwide. It is an international association of excellent universities, research institutions, and medical branches of national academies of science.

At the end of each World Health Summit in October, the M8 Alliance issues recommendations for action to international policymakers in the form of the M8 Declaration.

The International Presidency of the World Health Summit rotates annually among members of the M8 Alliance. The M8 also organizes annual Regional Meetings, regular expert meetings, and summer schools.

The next World Health Summit Regional Meeting will take place in Uganda in April, 2020.