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Newsletter 06/2020: New Date for the Regional Meeting in Uganda and the Program for #WHS2020 is online

Dear friends,

We have exciting good news for you:

We are very happy to announce the new date for the World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda, which sadly had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting will take place next year on June 27-30, 2021 in Uganda's capital Kampala, organized by M8 Alliance member Makerere University in partnership with the Government of Uganda. Please mark the new date in your calendars.

You will find more details on the meeting below – and of course on our website. Also on our website you’ll find all updates on the World Health Summit in October in Berlin. Preparations are going very well: The Program Planner is now available online, so we encourage you to have a look at the important topics that will be covered as well as the high-level speakers we will be welcoming.

We are positive that the World Health Summit 2020 with its mixture of interactive online and on-site participation will be a success. Moreover, we believe that forums like the World Health Summit are more important than ever given the immense global challenges in health we are facing today.

Please remain healthy and keep safe,


Detlev Ganten
Founding President

Charles Ibingira
International President 2020

Regional Meeting Kampala Uganda New Date


Save the Date: The World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda will take place on June 27-30, 2021.

After the postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new date is the result of consultations Prof. Charles Ibingira and Prof. Tonny Oyana from Makerere University in Kampala had with their government, the organizing committee, other partners of the meeting and in close consultation with the Executive Committee of the M8 Alliance. The subsequent Regional Meeting in Italy will also be postponed for a year: Prof. Luciano Saso from Sapienza University in Rome agreed to organize the meeting in 2022.

Get all the information on the Regional Meeting in Uganda here


Imperial College to Begin Human Trials of New COVID-19 Vaccine

Clinical researchers at Imperial College London are set to begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine they developed. The vaccine will be tested in humans for its effectiveness against COVID-19 and how it is tolerated. It is the first time this "new self-amplifying RNA technology is tested, which has the potential to revolutionize vaccine development and enable scientists to respond more quickly to emerging diseases". 

National University of Singapore on Repurposing Drugs for Covid-19 

While scientists all over the world race to find a vaccine and drug to treat the coronavirus, existing drugs developed to treat other diseases are being tested for their effect against COVID-19. Prof. Eric Chan from the National University of Singapore comments on the risks and potential of antiviral drugs such as Remdesivir and Hydroxychloroquine.


UNITE - Global Parlamentarians Network to End Infectious Diseases

UNITE is a global network of parliamentarians committed to achieving political impact towards ending infectious diseases as a global health threat. UNITE's priority infectious diseases include HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, malaria, waterborne diseases, and neglected tropical diseases. Its Founder and President, Dr. Ricardo Baptista Leite, member of the Portuguese National Parliament, is a dear friend and frequent participant at the World Health Summit. Recently, UNITE entered a partnership with the GHA - German Health Alliance and UNITE’s Global Summit 2020 is collaborating with the World Health Summit 2020.

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German Alliance for Global Health Research - Call for Research Proposals

The new German Alliance for Global Health Research just announced its first call for research proposals. Members can apply for funding until September 20, 2020. The German Alliance for Global Health Research especially intends to support the development and implementation of groundbreaking ideas, interdisciplinarity and cross-sectorality in global health research in Germany and internationally, new models of cooperation and new links between disciplines and communities. 

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Program Planner for the World Health Summit 2020 is online

The Program Planner is now available. It provides information on all the sessions for this year's World Health Summit, such as topics, speakers, time and date. Mark your calendars! 

The World Health Summit 2020 will take place as a hybrid event. Due to the pandemic-induced regulations regarding distancing and hygiene, we will host the on-site conference on a smaller scale and make it by invitation only this year. We will distribute tickets through our partner organizations from all sectors and offer full digital and cost-free availability of all sessions for all. 

We look forward to your participation at the World Health Summit - in Berlin or via internet!

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