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Newsletter 10-2/2022: WHS 2022 Wrap-Up

Dear friends,

The World Health Summit 2022 was truly remarkable in many ways: More global health experts and enthusiasts from around the world than ever gathered in Berlin and online: more than 4,100 participants on-site, more than 60,000 digital participants who joined live plus 18,300 viewers rewatching the sessions on the WHS YouTube channel (as of Oct. 31). A total of 404 speakers from 141 countries discussed the most pressing global health issues of our times in 61 sessions. We were thrilled to welcome speakers from around the world, among them over 30 government officials, and this year we had more female than male speakers contributing to the World Health Summit.

A tremendously great Thank-You goes out to the World Health Organization for being the co-host of a World Health Summit 2022 to remember. By combining our efforts, we were able to truly create an even more diverse and impactful event. I personally thank you, Dr Tedros, for initiating and fostering this collaboration and to both the WHO and WHS teams for making this idea a reality.

As we recap WHS 2022, we also look into the future: We must make global health a realistic political choice. This is the main message from WHS 2022 where we witnessed exceptional energy and commitment signaling to all decision-makers worldwide: "Act together and effectively to ensure a healthy life for all on a healthy planet."

Stay healthy and safe!

Axel R. Pries
World Health Summit


WHS 2022 in Numbers

- 4,100 participants on-site in Berlin
- 60,000 participants live online 
- 404 speakers from 141 nations
- 203 female and 201 male speakers
- 30+ government ministers and officials
- 61 sessions
- 50+ side events 
- 89 hours broadcasting time 
- 23,400 views of all session recordings on World Health Summit and WHO YouTube channels as of Oct. 31
- 3,000 reports in international media outlets
- 9,300 mentions of @WorldHealthSmt on Twitter in the month of October
- 2,700 new Twitter followers in the month of October 
- 54,000 website visits of in the month of October
- 3,000 photos taken and 25,000 camera shutter clicks in total
- 4,000 program books printed 
- Countless conversations, discussions, encounters between new and longtime partners and friends 

Session Recordings

Rewatch all 61 WHS 2022 sessions on our YouTube channel.

In the Media

The World Health Summit 2022 was featured in media outlets around the world, e.g., ARD Tagesschau, All Africa, Zeit Online, AP News, Süddeutsche Zeitung, China Daily, n-tv, Libération, Devex, News India, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. See TV reports, listen to radio features, and read articles here.

"At the opening of the World Health Summit last weekend, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, director general of the World Health Organization, outlined three priorities for taking global health to a new level…"

"At the World Health Summit in Berlin on Oct. 18, world leaders confirmed support for global efforts to overcome the final hurdles to polio eradication, vaccinate 370 million children annually and continue disease surveillance across 50 countries."

ARD Tagesthemen
"The World Health Summit stands for global exchange and networking - for health all over the world."

Social Media

613,000 impressions, 219,000 profile visits, and more than 12,000 likes and mentions - these are the Twitter data for @WorldHealthSmt in October, the month of #WHS2022. The program was featured on TwitterLinkedInFacebook, and Instagram, e.g., with campaigns like "#WHS2022 Speakers of the Day" or "#WHS2022 Keynote Sessions".

WHS 2022 Media Report

Read more on media attention, media quotes, press releases, social media and website reach, ads, and our media partners in this year's media report.

Speeches from the Opening Ceremony and Final Session

Read some of the many great speeches on our website. Additionally, you can watch both the opening session and the final session as a recording.

Launches and Announcements

During WHS 2022 more than 50 partner events, side events, announcements, and launches took place, e.g., the Global Polio Eradication Iniviative's (GPEI) Polio pledging moment, where USD 2.6 billion fundings were announced, the presentation of the UN Progress Report on Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health, and the appointment of new WHO Goodwill Ambassadors. For details and more special events click here.

Insights and Opinions

More than 400 speakers contributed to the WHS 2022 - read various quotes on our website and follow us on TwitterLinkedInFacebook, or Instagram for more.

Photo Olaf Scholz, Keynote Speaker at WHS 2022

"Networking and good cooperation across national borders are what matter - especially in the field of global health. There needs to be an exchange between different scientific disciplines and also between science, politics and society."

Olaf Scholz
Chancellor, Federal Republic of Germany 

Photo of Sandra Gallina

"These are times of deep and shared responsibility. The world needs urgent and collective action to overcome global health challenges."

Sandra Gallina
Director-General, Health and Food Safety, European Commission

"This year's World Health Summit has been a powerful demonstration of the ever-increasing energy and commitment to meeting these challenges and overcoming them."

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)


Our photographers took around 3,000 photos in three days - for WHS 2022 impressions and a look behind the scenes, visit our gallery.

WHS 2022 Conference Film

The video recapping the World Health Summit 2022 with images, interviews and insights is in the making and will be released very soon. Stay tuned on the WHS social media channels to be among the first ones to watch it.

Graphic Recordings

Check out the graphic recordings highlighting the key messages from various WHS 2022 sessions.

High Patrons

Thank you to the patrons of the World Health Summit 2022 Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Macky Sall, President of Senegal and Chairperson of the African Union for 2022, and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).


The World Health Summit brings together stakeholders from all sectors and all regions of the world to set the agenda for a healthier future. Thank you to all World Health Summit 2022 partners!


The Baton goes from Italy to the United States of America

Change of the World Health Summit International Presidency: During the World Health Summit 2022, the traditional baton was passed on from Sapienza University of Rome to George Washington University, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), and the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI). Together they will be hosting the Regional Meeting 2023 in Washington DC, USA.

Thank you to our Italian friends from Sapienza University for a fantastic Regional Meeting 2022 in Rome - welcome George Washington University, CUGH and AAHCI, we all are looking forward to April 2023!

Meet the Next Regional Meeting Hosts

George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University was established in 1997 and is the only school of public health in Washington, DC.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
CUGH is a network of over 170 academic institutions and organizations around the world addressing global health challenges.

Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI)
The AAHCI is a global non-profit organization that aligns efforts among health professionals in education, research, and patient care.

Meet the World Health Summit International President 2023

Adnan Hyder, Professor of Global Health and Senior Associate Dean for Research, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, USA
Adnan Hyder has worked for over 20 years to improve global health in low- and middle- income countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He pioneered empirical work around health systems, ethics, non-communicable diseases, and injury prevention in over 90 countries around the world and has authored over 400 scientific peer-reviewed papers and numerous world reports with organizations like the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF. 

M8 Alliance Votes for Regional Meeting 2024 Host

At the M8 Alliance Assembly during the World Health Summit 2022, the host of the Regional Meeting 2024 was announced: Congratulations to Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. We look forward to the meeting in the Asia-Pacific region! 

More on the M8 Alliance


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Regional Meeting 2023

Washington DC, USA & Digital

April 13, 2023

World Health Summit 2023 


& Digital

October 15-17, 2023

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