Press Invitation
17 October 2019 | Deutsch

Approximately 20 ministers from around the world, the Director-General of the WHO, top scientists, CEOs, and leaders in civil society to discuss strategies for the future of global health

Berlin, 17 Oct. 2019 - How can we make the world a healthier place? This question is at the core of the World Health Summit, where leading experts from science, politics, business, and civil society will meet October 27-29. 2,500 participants from 100 countries are expected to attend.
The impact of climate change on health will be among the topics discussed. World Health Summit President Detlev Ganten sees this as one of the greatest health threats of our time:
“Climate change is the greatest health policy challenge of this century. But it’s also an opportunity to shape our environment in a positive way, so it doesn’t make us sick,” said Ganten.
In addition to sessions tackling the issue, a press conference on climate change and health will be held Monday, October 28 at 11:00. Contributers include physician, TV personality, and climate activist Eckart von Hirschhausen and Professor for Climate Change and Health Sabine Gabrysch.
Other topics at the World Health Summit include improving health systems in Africa and around the world, the fight against antibiotic resistance, digital health, and the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Around 300 speakers will contribute from accross sectors:
Ministers and state officials, including:
Jens Spahn, Minister of Health, Germany
Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President, Costa Rica
Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Uganda
Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health, Rwanda
Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health, Ghana
Luiz Henrique Mandetta, Minister of Health, Brazil
WHO officials, including:
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO
EU officials, including:
Anne Bucher, Director-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Civil society, including:
Pavan Sukhdev, President, WWF
Jayasree Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation
Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust
Peter Sands, Executive Director, Global Fund
Business leaders, including:
David Loew, Executive Vice President, Sanofi Pasteur
Bernd Montag, President and CEO, Siemens Healthineers
Mark Britnell, Global Chairman and Senior Partner, KPMG International
Scientists and researchers, including:
Sabine Gabrysch, Professor for Climate Change and Health, Charité & PIK
Randolph Nesse, Founding Director, Center for Evolution and Medicine, Arizona State University
John Ioannidis, Director, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
Julie Segre, National Human Genome Research Institute
The World Health Summit is among the world’s leading strategic forums for global health. It was founded in 2009 at Charité 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.
The World Health Summit is fully open to the press. Interviews with speakers can be coordinated through the World Health Summit press office.
Press Accreditation:
World Health Summit
October 27-29, 2019
Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131a, Berlin
Twitter: @worldhealthsmt
Press Contact
Katherine Lindemann
Tel.: +49 30 450 572 114