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World Health Summit

Newsletter January 2020

Dear friends,

With coronavirus dominating news cycles on multiple continents, the global interconnectedness of health is in the spotlight. But the need for international cooperation on health issues is not limited to headline-making outbreaks. Every health issue—from research translation to improving healthcare systems to climate change—benefits from and urgently needs collaboration across borders.

We are always excited to see international partners coming together to improve health. With April’s Regional Meeting in Kampala on the horizon, our friends and colleagues at Makerere University are putting together an excellent program with a global outlook and great support from the government and other national and international institutions. At the same time, other M8 Alliance members are rolling out collaborative projects, like LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture Series in Berlin, the first of which will provide expert perspectives on pandemic preparedness.

There is always more that can be done. So we urge everyone in the World Health Summit community—wherever you are in the world—to continue to think globally when it comes to health. Not just in times of outbreak or crisis, but every step of the way.  

All the best,

Detlev Ganten
Founding President

Charles Ibingira
International President 2020


Registration is open for the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2020 in Kampala, Uganda, the first to be held in Africa. 

Date: April 27-28, 2020
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Venue: Speke Resort Munyonyo



“I believe it’s in such gatherings that interventions are arrived at to guide policymakers and implementers.”

Ruhakana Rugunda
Prime Minister of Uganda

“This is a great opportunity for the world to focus on Africa’s health, learn from its successes, and lay strategies for future collaborations.”

Jane Ruth Aceng
Minister of Health, Uganda

World Health Summit and Regional Meeting teams in Kampala, Uganda visiting the Ministry of Health in January

Makerere University: Host of the Regional Meeting 2020

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2020 will be hosted and organized by Makerere University in partnership with the Government of Uganda. Established in 1922, Makerere is Uganda’s largest and oldest institution of higher learning and one of Africa’s best.

World Health Summit 2019 in Berlin, Germany


Emissions from speakers' flights offset through biogas project

Estimated carbon emissions from speakers' flights to the World Health Summit 2019 have been offset in full through support of an emissions reduction project in Karnataka State, India. Certified by Gold Standard, the Kolar Biogas Project provides biogas units to rural households, reducing the use of wood and kerosene in cooking. The project also has health benefits for participating households through reduced indoor air pollution, and is designated as making particular contributions to SDG 3. 

Learn more about sustainability at the World Health Summit.


Charité Global Health and LSHTM launch joint lecture series

The LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture Series brings together leading scientists from the UK, Germany and further afield to present cutting-edge research on pressing global health issues and to discuss the implications of their work for policy and practice. 

February 12: Pandemic Preparedness (details below)

April 1: Antimicrobial Resistance

May 13: Improving Health Systems

June 17: Digital Health (date TBC)

October 28: Tuberculosis

November 17: Maternal and Child Health

The LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture Series is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and two of the events, the events on Pandemic Preparedness and AMR, are supported by Wellcome Trust.

Lecture Series Details

Lecture: Pandemic Preparedness

February 12, 19:00 - 21:00
Museum für Naturkunde, Invalidenstr. 43, Berlin

Inaugural lecture, with contributions from Dr. Matshidiso Moeti (World Health Organisation), Prof. Peter Piot (LSHTM), Prof. Christian Drosten (Charité) & Esther Yei Mokuwa (Institute of Development Studies). 


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