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Newsletter 01/2022: WHS 2022 - Joining Forces with WHO

Dear friends,

With the first month of the new year already behind us, I wish you all a happy and healthy 2022. This year offers another option and challenge to overcome the COVID pandemic, the vaccine inequity, and to make progress towards Health for All. It is our responsibility to take the opportunity. 

This will be the driving force of the World Health Summit 2022 (October 16-18) - the first World Health Summit organized jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO). The World Health Summit and the WHO are joining forces to expand impact and reach of the summit – to foster global health. This year will be the inaugural event, and we plan to have joint summits every three years. The World Health Organization has been a strong strategic partner since the very beginnings of the World Health Summit and I personally thank Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, for his continued support as high patron of the World Health Summit.

Global health and health equity continue to be among the most pressing issues of our times. Let us work together and try to make a real difference for global health in 2022.

Stay safe and healthy!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit

“Through our enhanced collaboration and the launch of the 2022 Summit, we aim to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals and make the world a safer place for all.” 

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


PhD Fellowhips and Internships at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health

The Global Health PhD Fellowship program offers the opportunity for currently enrolled PhD candidates to be part of United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) for a minimum of 6 months. The Fellowship gives candidates the chance to experience being part of the UN System. Applications are welcome from January 31 to February 21. 

UNU-IIGH also offers internships to bachelors and graduate-level students or young professionals with a keen interest to gain more experience in global health. Applications are accepted year-round. Eligibility and application information can be found here.

M8 Alliance Webinar Series on Migrant and Refugee Health

Save the Date: 
M8 Alliance Expert Meeting - Webinar: Health of Children on the Move
February 28, 2022, 3-5 PM CET, Sapienza University of Rome

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



Health is Key Priority of German G7 Presidency

At the beginning of the new year, Germany took over the Presidency of the G7. The motto: “Progress towards an equitable world”. One of the five major goals is "Enhanced preparedness for healthy lives".

"Global health policy is about more than just pandemic control. Antibiotic resistance increasingly threatens patients' treatment options worldwide. And we are exposed to new health risks on account of climate change. We need to find solutions to these challenges as well. Here the G7 should take on a leading role", says Karl Lauterbach, Germany's Minister of Health.

Theses topics will also be central at the G7 Health Ministers Meeting on May 19-20 in Berlin.

Read the German Federal Government's G7-Program
Read the German Federal Ministry of Health's health key priorities

Geneva Health Forum: Call for Posters

The Geneva Health Forum 2022 (May 3-5) with the motto "Covid-19 Pandemic and Environmental Emergency: Reinventing Global Health in times of Global Changes" is looking for poster contributions on One Health or Planetary Health research and projects. The posters will be presented digitally. Submission deadline is February 15.
Find out more here


Up for working with one of the most important international strategic global health forums and as part of a small, dedicated team in Berlin? The World Health Summit is hiring:

- Program assistant (permanent position)
- Strategic Engagement manager (permanent position)

Get in touch with us, we look very much forward to hearing from you.
See all details here


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