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The World Health Summit is one of the world’s leading strategic forums for global health. 300 speakers and 2,500 participants from 100 countries, including 20 ministers from around the world and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), took part this year. World Health Summit speakers are leading experts from science, politics, business, and civil society.

The impact of climate change on health was an area of focus this year. Other topics in the 2019 program included: improving health systems in Africa and around the world, finding solutions to antibiotic resistance, digital health, and strategies for implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Health Summit was founded on the 300th anniversary of Charité, Europe’s largest university hospital, and is held under the patronage of Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.


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Jewel Howard-Taylor
Vice President of Liberia

Epsy Campbell Barr
Vice President of Costa Rica

Jens Spahn
Federal Minister of Health, Germany

Jane Ruth Aceng
Minister of Health, Uganda

Kwaku Agyeman-Manu
Minister of Health, Ghana

Julio Daniel Mazzoleni Insfrán
Minister of Health, Paraguay

Luiz Henrique Mandetta
Minister of Health, Brazil

Heyo Kroemer
CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)

Peter Sands
Executive Director, The Global Fund

Jeremy Farrar
Director, Wellcome Trust

Carissa F. Etienne
Director, Pan American Health Organization

Thomas Cueni
Director General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers

Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)

Elhadj As Sy
Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Vikram Patel
Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School