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Newsletter 02/2022: Security and Global Health

Dear friends,

We are experiencing sad times - for Europe, for the world and for humanity. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is one of the worst security crises in Europe in decades.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called it “the saddest moment” of his tenure. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen vowed the EU would respond forcefully. Innocent people, von der Leyen said, “are dying of fear for their lives.” 

In various emergency meetings, the EU, the G7, the US and the allies and partners announced severe sanctions.

We are all deeply shocked by the violent developments in the Ukraine. Aggression and war are destroying the basis for life wherever they occur. Global health requires respecting international rules and avoiding military offensives everywhere!

Security is and remains a central factor for global health. The whole global community must now stand together: In the name of humanity and peace. 

Stay safe and healthy!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit


Take a sneak peek at the World Health Summit 2022, the inaugural joint summit with WHO:

Central Topics

- Investment for Health and Well-Being
- Pandemic Preparedness
- Digital Transformation for Health
- Health is a Political Choice
- Strengthening Health Systems Resilience
- Health Equity


- Leading scientists and medical professionals
- Ministers and civil servants
- High-ranking officials at international organizations
- CEOs from industry and civil society
- Young professionals and students

Date and Venue

October 16 - 18, 2022
Hotel Berlin Central District 
Stauffenbergstraße 26
10785 Berlin, Germany
& Digital

World Health Summit Mission Statement

Finding Solutions for Global Health: Read more about the mission of the World Health Summit, its science-based approach, the academic background and global challenges, global responsibilities, and global networking.

Reading Recommendation of the Day

The World Health Summit 2021 booklet is out. Take a look back on the World Health Summit 2021 with plenty of photos, facts, a look behind the scenes, and quotes from #WHS2021 speakers. Get information on media coverage, the M8 Alliance, and the World Health Summit network.

Have fun reading the World Health Summit 2021 - A Look Back

World Health Summit Regional Meeting

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2022 – Rome, Italy & Digital will take place from June 15-17.

Mark your calenders and get more information


M8 Alliance Webinar Series on Migrant and Refugee Health

Register Now: 
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.

Want to know more on on the webinar series, expert meetings, and the focus topic? Here's the info
Recordings of all webinars are available on the World Health Summit YouTube channel

Take part in the International Medical Sciences Student Congress

The applications for participation at the 27th International Medical Sciences Student Congress (IMSSC) organized by M8 Alliance member Istanbul University in Istanbul, Turkey from May 13-15 are officially open.
Register until March 4


World Health Summit

Regional Meeting 2022

Rome, Italy & Digital

June 15-17, 2022

World Health Summit 2022

Together with WHO

Berlin, Germany & Digital

October 16-18, 2022

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