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Newsletter 06/2021: Regional Meeting Uganda - Join Online

Dear friends,

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2021 in Africa is about to kick off in Uganda. The Regional Meeting will take place in the middle of the third wave of COVID-19 which recently hit Uganda and other African countries, proving that global health and the fight against COVID-19 must remain a top priority worldwide.

Dear friends, the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2021 from June 27-30 couldn't be more important.

The COVID-19 pandemic from an African perspective will be the core issue of the meeting. Organized by our dear friends from Makerere University, global health experts from around the world and especially many African countries will come together to discuss the most pressing challenge of our time: the international response to COVID-19. Part of the program will be topics like vaccine equity, public health measures, the consequences of the pandemic across the whole continent, and many more. 

Due to the newest COVID-19 developments in Uganda, the Regional Meeting will take place mainly digitally. Links for free online participation can be found on the Regional Meeting website and during the meeting also on

I would like to cordially invite you all to join us at the first World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Africa: The UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 calls for good health and well-being. This can only be achieved if we collaborate. We must act as a global community; this is in our common interest. Nobody will be protected against COVID-19 until everybody is protected.

Let us work together and try to make a real difference for global health – we hope to see you all digitally at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2021 in Uganda on June 27-30!

With kind regards,

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit

Charles Ibingira
International President 2021


Get ready for the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2021 – Uganda, Kampala & Digital from June 27-30.

Due to COVID-19 and the recent developments in Uganda, the whole program will take place mainly online. You can join each session via the internet: All keynote sessions, panel discussions, and workshops will be available live digitally. Participation is cost-free.

Our M8 Alliance partner Makerere University is organizing one of the most important events of its kind in Africa: The World Health Summit Regional Meeting will bring together experts from around the world and especially many African countries to discuss a large number of diverse topics of great importance for global health and for health in Africa in particular. 

Sessions include:

- Building Sustainable Partnerships for Addressing the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) 
- Digital Health: Promises and Challenges towards SDG 3 
- Intersection of COVID-19 and Mental Health
- Africa's Journey towards Achieving the SDGs and Universal Health Coverage 

All information on program, speakers and free online participation:

During the Regional Meeting, links for online participation will also be available on:

Contact the director of the organizing secretariat Hanifah N. Bukirwa

Share the Regional Meeting on Twitter: @WHSKampala #WHSKampala

Background information:
Makerere University has been M8 Alliance member since 2013 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers of learning in Africa. It is home to a staff of over 4,000 and more than 40,000 students.
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The World Health Summit Regional Meeting takes place every year in different parts of the world in addition to the annual World Health Summit in Berlin and brings regional topics to the forefront. Each Regional Meeting is hosted by the M8 Alliance member holding the World Health Summit International Presidency, which rotates every year.
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"I’m optimistic that the meeting will stir us all to think better and work harder to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, all of which pertain to health, whether directly or indirectly.”

Prof. Charles Ibingira
International President of the World Health Summit 2021

"This summit will give an opportunity to African scientists and African investigators to engage on an international scene with international scientists and pharmaceutical companies and industries to see that what happens in Africa is of global importance. COVID-19 has shown this global importance and we need to develop a capacity in Africa to support our response to global challenges." 

Prof. Damalie Akanjo
Principal College of Health Sciences, Makerere University 


#WHS2021 Speakers & Program

Confirmed speakers for the World Health Summit 2021

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See the program here


M8 Alliance Webinar Series on Migrant and Refugee Health

Save the date for the next M8 Alliance Webinar on Migrant and Refugee Health: "The Need for Integration of Migration Health Aspects in the Education of Health Professionals" on September 7, 2021. 

Details will follow soon here

Until then, check out the session recordings of all previous events: 

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Migration

How Can Strengthened Healthcare for Migrants Foster Health for All 

Migrant Health Issues in Massive Migration Areas in the COVID Period

Ensuring the COVID-19 Vaccine Reaches Undocumented Migrants

Digital Solutions for Migrant and Refugee Health

The Impact of COVID-19 on Migrant and Refugee Health

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


Global Health Matters Podcast Episode Two & Three

The third epidose of Global Health Matters, hosted by Garry Aslanyan, explores some of the reasons why African countries have so far been able to deal with the pandemic so effectively. These include prior experience in dealing with epidemics such as Ebola, strong sub-regional research networks and long-standing investments in research capacity.

In the second episode of the Global Health Matters Podcast, a female expert panel of guests, consisting of Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director of Women in Global Health, Rose Leke, Founder of HIGHER Women Consortium Cameroon, and Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization, share their inspiring journeys as women leaders in global health. They also discuss the root causes of gender inequality in science and some strategies they have developed to address them.

Listen to the Global Health Matters Podcast here


Berlin School of Integrative Oncology (BSIO) Call for PhD and MD Applications

The Berlin School of Integrative Oncology (BSIO) is currently accepting applications for fully-funded doctoral positions on either the PhD or MD track. The BSIO offers a structured 3-year doctoral program jointly educating talented life scientists and physicians/medical students in the field of Integrative Oncology.
The BSIO is a joint graduate school of the Charité University Hospital, Humboldt University, Free University and several nonuniversity research institutions in Berlin and was founded within the Excellence Initiative of the German federal state and governments. 

More on the Call for Applications here 

Visit the BSIO website


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Regional Meeting 2021

Kampala, Uganda & Digital

June 27-30, 2021

World Health Summit 2021

Berlin, Germany & Digital

October 24-26, 2021

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