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Newsletter 05/2020: World Health Summit 2020 – News, Plans, Speakers, Topics

Dear friends,

This year’s World Health Summit will be particularly exciting and important. We are thrilled to report that we will be welcoming to Berlin high-level speakers such as the President of the European Commission, the Director-General of the WHO, several Ministers of Health and Heads of UN Institutions and of course high level participants from the private sector, civil society and the best of science, especially in virology. There is one thing that is of central importance to us – ensuring your participation from all around the world. We are therefore currently working out creative ways to make all sessions available live in a digital space. Following this approach, the World Health Summit 2020 will take place as planned from 25-27 October 2020 in Berlin and will be a mixture of personal, on-site participation and digital, remote but active discussion and interaction.

In short: Date, venue, program structure, and session formats will be this year as announced previously and - participation will be possible in person on-site and remote via internet.

Registration will open in June.

The spread of COVID-19 this year shows how important the improvement of global health is and how crucial the strengthening of international and interdisciplinary cooperation remains. A meeting like the World Health Summit with its central topics like Pandemic Preparedness, Universal Health Coverage, Health Systems Strengthening, and Universal Access to Health could not be more important.

Please join the conversation, be part of the World Health Summit, and contribute to improving global health.

See you at the World Health Summit 2020!

Please remain healthy and keep safe,

Detlev Ganten
Founding President

Charles Ibingira
International President 2020


M8 Alliance Statement on the Support of the World Health Organization

“The WHO is playing a vital role in the current pandemic, helping countries around the world treat, test, and protect their citizens from COVID-19”. The M8 Alliance expresses their strong support for and solidarity with the WHO in a recently published statement in light of the current pandemic and the related criticism towards the organization.

"Physical, mental and social dimensions of health cannot be separated."

The M8 Alliance Expert Group on Migrant Health, including Danny Sheath, Antoine Flahault, Joachim Seybold, and Luciano Saso, reflect on the diverse and complex challenges to refugee and migrant mental health.

Find the brandnew publication here


Corona Drug Survey

M8 Founding-Member The Charité is conducting an international study on drug use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Corona Drug Study (CDS) is available in four different languages.

Neglected Epidemics: The Role of Oral Public Health to Advance Global Health

M8-Member Tehran University of Medical Sciences organized a panel during the Regional Meeting 2019 in Iran on oral diseases: They represent a major public health problem due to their high prevalence regionally and globally. The Declaration on Oral Health is worth a read and an excellent example of international science cooperation: it involved experts from five different countries.


Registration will open in June.

The World Health Summit, where leading international experts from science, politics, business, and civil society come together, will take place as planned and with a mixture of personal, on-site participation and digital, remote but active participation.

On site (Kosmos, Berlin, Germany):

- Following all official stipulations established by governments
- Implementation of necessary measures
- Following all rules (hygiene, protective gear, distancing)

Digital (via internet, worldwide):

- Digital participation of the entire program (all sessions)
- Possibility of worldwide participation via internet
- Widely used standard video conferencing software with intuitive features
- High reliability through load-balancing features for low-bandwidth situations
- One proper entry link per session
- Access possible via PC, tablet, smartphone
- Interactive formats through chat, Q&A function, screen and document sharing

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