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World Health Summit World Health Summit 2019, October 27-29, Berlin, Germany

Newsletter August 2019

Dear friends,

I have been heartened to see many leaders around the world making the health of our planet a priority, including at the G7 summit. Next month's UN Climate Action Summit is sure to put it at the top of even more world leaders’ agendas. Climate change and health has long been a priority for us at the World Health Summit, and this year it’s a particular focus, with two sessions on the topic.  

The G7 summit also brought another major commitment to health: Germany will raise its Global Fund contribution to €1 billion, joining the EU, Canada, Italy, and Switzerland in stepping up investment in combating AIDS, TB, and malaria. 

Health is a political choice, and these leaders show it's a feasible one.

In mid-September we celebrate the 250-year birthday of Alexander von Humboldt, the first scientist to develop an ecological understanding of nature. That holistic view still shapes our approach today: It is clear that we can no longer separate the health of people from the health of the planet.

See you at the World Health Summit 2019!

Detlev Ganten
World Health Summit


Date: October 27-29
Location: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Kosmos | Karl-Marx-Allee 131a



Speaker Update

See all confirmed speakers and the latest program details for over 50 sessions in our interactive online program. Hear insights on the most pressing issues in global health from:

Diane Gashumba
Minister of Health, Rwanda

Julio Daniel Mazzoleni Insfrán
Minister of Health, Paraguay

Jeremy Farrar
Director, Wellcome Trust

Annette Dixon
Vice President of Human Development, World Bank Group

Ann Aerts
Head of the Novartis Foundation

Michael Makanga
Executive Director, European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership

Bronwyn King
CEO, Tobacco Free Portfolios

Peter Albiez
CEO, Pfizer Germany

Camilla Stoltenberg
​​​​​​Director General, Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Natasha Wang Mwansa
Junior Reporter and Advocate, Network on Child Rights and Development

Ruxandra Draghia
Vice President, Public Health & Scientific Affairs, Global Vaccines, MSD

Heyo Kroemer
Incoming CEO, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin


Heyo Kroemer Will Assume Role as Charité CEO in September

Prof. Heyo Kroemer will take the helm at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin at the start of September. Don't miss his remarks at the Opening Ceremony of the World Health Summit.

Prof. Kroemer succeeds Prof. Karl Max Einhäupl, who held the CEO role for over a decade. Our warmest thanks to Prof. Einhäupl, a longtime friend of the World Health Summit, for his major contributions to health in Berlin and around the world. 


Several of our partners will host satellite events in the days surrounding the World Health Summit, featuring complimentary discussion of specific global health topics: 

Symposium on the Roles of Germany & Japan in Global Health

October 25 | 10:00-16:30 | Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB)

Hosted by JDZB, the Graduate Institute Geneva, and iGHP/NCGM Tokyo, the symposium will reflect on impulses given by the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit and ask how both countries can contribute to global health. 

Details and Registration

German-East European Healthcare Symposium

October 25 | 10:00-16:00 | Venue TBA

Organized by German Health Alliance and Ost-Ausschuss - Osteuropaverein der Deutschen Wirtschaft, the second German-East European Healthcare Symposium will focus on pediatrics, care for mothers and children, oncology, and digital medicine.

Details and Registration

DNDi & Founders’ Symposium: Discussion and Anniversary Reception

October 29 | 17:45-22:00 |
Kino International | Berlin

Connect, share insights, and celebrate the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative’s anniversary in the company of leading champions of universal health coverage and public interest R&D. The event is free of charge, but registration is required and on a first come, first served basis. 

Details and Registration

German-African Healthcare Forum

October 30 | Hotel Riu Plaza Berlin

Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft, in cooperation with the German Health Alliance, invites you to the sixth German-African Healthcare Forum. This year's main topic will be Healthcare Business: Partnerships with Multi-Sectoral Approaches. 

Details and Registration


InterAction Council Issues Manifesto to Secure a Healthy Planet for All

At a high-level meeting last month, the InterAction Council, an organization of former heads of state, launched A Manifesto to Secure a Healthy Planet for All – A Call for Emergency Action. The World Health Summit and M8 Alliance are among 30 organizations endorsing the initiative. 

Details and Full Manifesto


The World Health Summit is supported by a number of partners from academia, industry, civil society, and policy. Our sponsoring partners include: 

Strategic Partners

Major Partners

General Partners

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