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

Newsletter September 2019

Dear friends,

September has been full of opportunities to recognize the contributions of young people to global health.

At the first M8 Alliance Summer School, dedicated students and young professionals from four continents gathered in Coimbra, Portugal to acquire new skills and broaden their perspectives.

At Charité, the World Health Summit team joined healthcare professionals in demanding action against climate change and taking responsibility for the health of our planet, a demonstration made possible in large part by students' initiative and leadership.  

I’m looking forward to hearing more young voices at the World Health Summit, including insights from reporter and advocate Natasha Wang Mwansa and a workshop hosted by the Global Young Academy. I encourage all young people at the summit to take part in the discussion—your motivation and dedication is a powerful tool for global health.

See you at the World Health Summit!

Detlev Ganten
World Health Summit


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



Speakers and Program

Join over 10 ministers, top scientists, and CEOs from around the world in setting the agenda for a healthier future, with three days of keynotes, panels, and workshops. See details and updates in the online program.

Speakers include:

Gerd Müller
Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Diane Gashumba
Minister of Health, Rwanda

Luiz Henrique Mandetta
Minister of Health, Brazil

Soumya Swaminathan
Chief Scientist, World Health Organization

Seth Berkley
CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Gunilla Carlsson
Executive Director a.i., UNAIDS

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

Catherine K. Ohura
CEO and Executive Director, GHIT Fund

Francesca Colombo
Head of Health Division, OECD

Ann Aerts
Head, Novartis Foundation

Bernd Montag
President and CEO, Siemens Healthineers 

Carissa F. Etienne
Director, Pan American Health Organization

Discounts for train travel to the World Health Summit

Train tickets to and from Berlin for the World Health Summit are available at special prices with the Deutsche Bahn Event Ticket. Flat rates from anywhere in Germany start at €54.90.

Details and Booking


First M8 Alliance Summer School offers new perspectives in global health

Twenty-three students and young professionals from around the world participated in the first M8 Alliance Summer School, hosted by the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Over five days, participants examined global health issues from across disciplines, including medicine, natural sciences, social sciences, and technical fields. 

Putting their new skills to the test, the students were challenged to present innovative solutions to improve healthcare systems and optimize their proposals in a design thinking session.

Healthcare workers demand action against climate change at Charité

As part of a global climate strike on September 20, Berlin's healthcare professionals gathered in front of the main hospital building at Charité under the slogan "climate change is a medical emergency." World Health Summit President Detlev Ganten was among the speakers, as were World Health Summit Ambassador Eckart von Hirschhausen, and Charité student Sylvia Hartmann. They will also give a press conference on climate change and health at the World Health Summit. 

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Several of our partners will host satellite events in the days surrounding the World Health Summit, featuring complimentary discussion of specific global health topics. See a full list of satellite events on our website. 

Introducing the Global Health Hub Germany

October 29 | 18:30-20:00 (followed by a reception) | Neue Mälzerei Berlin

Global Health Hub Germany, a new networking platform for global health actors, will be introduced during a panel discussion addressing the need to work with different sectors and actors, what can be achieved through better networking, and how the Global Health Hub Germany can support this cooperation.

Logo: Global Health Hub Germany


An interview with Roberto Viola, Director-General of DG CONNECT 

EIT Health will host a panel discussion and press event on AI in healthcare at the World Health Summit. One of the session's speakers is Roberto Viola, European Commission Director-General for Communication, Networks, Content, and Technology. In advance of the discussion, he weighs in on AI's health applications and how to implement them ethically.

Read the Interview at EIT Health



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