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Newsletter 02/2023: Global Health in Multi-Crises Times

Dear friends,

This month is reminding us harshly that we are living in multi-crises times. Just over a year ago, Russia invaded Ukraine with far reaching consequences, death and destruction, and no obvious pathway towards peace.

At the same time, the world is experiencing the effects of the climate crisis in the form of floods, e.g. in South Africa and New Zealand, and wild fires like in Chile. A few weeks ago, severe earthquakes struck Türkiye and Syria, which lead to over 40,000 deaths, 114,000 injuries, 2.4 million people displaced and at least 24 million affected.

Whether these crises are man-made or not, our response to prevent and mitigate harm is closely related to our ability to achieve more peaceful and fair international interaction. To sustain and foster life on our planet in the face of unprecedented challenges, we need to move on from individual and national interests to collective and equitable action.

Armed conflicts and climate change are immense threats to the health and safety of millions of people worldwide. Their short- and long-term impact on global health are studied widely. Facilitating dialogue and debate on how to bring this knowledge to action is a task the World Health Summit as well as the WHS Regional Meeting are taking on. I hope you will join us on April 13, in person in Washington or online, to discuss “Bridging the Science to Policy Gap for Global Health”. Find all information on program and registration below.

I hope many of you will contribute to these important discussions.

Stay safe and healthy!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit


The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2023 in Washington, DC, USA is taking place in 1.5 months - there are still spots available for in-person participation! 

Adnan Hyder, WHS International President 2023, explains why you should register now for #WHSWashington2023 in this video

The Regional Meeting will take place in Washington, DC, USA on April 13, 2023 under the theme of "Bridging the Science to Policy Gap for Global Health" and will highlight the essential role of evidence-based science for the development of global health policy.

Hosts and organizers are the US-based M8 Alliance members George Washington University, CUGH, AAHCI in association with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the United States National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as part of IAP. 

Register now

All information on program, speakers, and more 


WHS 2023 Central Topics

Check out our website to find out about news on WHS 2023 and have a first look at the central topics for this year's summit:

- Accelerating Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage
- G7/G20 Measures to Enhance Global Health Equity and Security
- Sustainable Health for People and Planet
- Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic through Equitable Access to Tests, Treatments & Vaccines
- Harnessing the Power of Digital Technologies for Global Health
- Shaping Global Health Architecture and Financing

Read the WHS 2023 press info

See World Health Summit 2023 At a Glance


Munich Security Conference 2023 Headlined by War in Ukraine

This year, the Munich Security Conference again welcomed various Heads of State to discuss the most important global security issues, headlined by the Russian war against Ukraine. Despite this focus, the inextricable linkage of health and security was clear: The humanitarian and health crises caused by armed conflict, climate change, and global inequality were important issues at the conference, which WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus took as an opportunity for high-level exchanges on these issues.

WHO's Executive Board Meeting in Times of Humanitarian Crises

According to WHO, 2023 is a watershed year for global health, in which the agency also celebrates its 75th birthday. WHO's executive board determined global preparedness for health emergencies, sustainable financing for WHO, and the health crisis resulting from the war in Ukraine as some of the central global health issues for 2023. The humanitarian crisis resulting from the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria underscored the need for swift response by WHO at any time. 

Read more about what is to come for WHO in 2023

German Alliance for Global Health Research: 1,000 Members Strong

The German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA), a unique network for multidisciplinary global health research, has reached 1,000 members in just 3 years of existence. GLOHRA is an association of researchers from more than 180 public research institutions in Germany and aims to boost the German contribution to global health research and support the next generation of global health researchers while enhancing cross-sectoral research collaboration. 

Read about GLOHRA's membership milestone


Regional Meeting 2023

Washington DC, USA & Digital

April 13, 2023

World Health Summit 2023 

Berlin & Digital

October 15-17, 2023

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