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

Newsletter October 2019

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Dear friends,

With the World Health Summit just days away, we have some exciting news: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is now a patron of the summit. We are thrilled to again welcome him and other friends and partners from around the world to Berlin. For three days, over 2,500 people—including ministers from nearly 20 countries, top scientists, leaders from business and civil society, and passionate and motivated students—will come together with a single, noble goal: improving health worldwide.

We are always inspired by the World Health Summit community. Together, we can expedite progress. We can ensure more people benefit from new and existing therapies, improved healthcare systems, and insights about social and environmental determinants of health. We’re looking forward to new ideas, exciting discussions, and familiar faces. 

See you at the World Health Summit!

Ali Jafarian
International President 2019
World Health Summit

Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Detlev Ganten
World Health Summit

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin


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

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Speakers and Program

In over 50 sessions, experts from around the world will discuss global health challenges—from policy to medical research, healthcare systems to climate change, and more. Details and updates are always available in our interactive online program.

Speakers include:

Epsy Campbell Barr
Vice President, Costa Rica

Jens Spahn
Minister of Health, Federal Republic of Germany

Jane Ruth Aceng

Jane Ruth Aceng
Minister of Health, Uganda

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization

Peter Sands
Executive Director, The Global Fund

Sania Nishtar
Chairperson, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)

Jeremy Farrar
Director, Wellcome Trust

Ilona Kickbusch
International Advisory Board, Global Health Center, Graduate Institute Geneva

John P. A. Ioannidis
Director, Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford,
Einstein BIH Visiting Professor

Thomas B. Cueni

Thomas Cueni
Director-General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

Julie Segre
Head of Microbial Genomics, National Human Genome Research Institute

Elhadj As Sy
Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Reducing Climate Impact

We have a responsibility to act sustainably and are constantly seeking ways to minimize our carbon emissions and impact on the environment.

Learn more about sustainability initiatives at the World Health Summit.

More Information

CME Credits

The World Health Summit is accredited for continuing medical education (CME) credits by the Berlin Chamber of Physicians and EACCME.

More Information

Social Media

Join the World Health Summit community on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.


Keynote sessions and selected panel discussions will be livestreamed at 


We are happy to announce a new patron of the World Health Summit: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. We would like to thank our high patrons for their valuable support. 

Angela Merkel
Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

"Diseases and epidemics do not stop at national borders. Responsibility for healthcare thus does not end there either. The World Health Summit plays a key role in living up to this responsibility." Read more

Photo: Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic

"SDGs for health are not concerns for states alone. They are common goals and the World Health Summit is an opportunity to share this energy for action. Let us be actively optimistic for a healthier future." Read more

Jean-Claude Juncker
President of the European Commission

"We shall be judged by how we treat our people. Because it is the health of all our citizens that is the true mark of our progress as a society."

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General of the World Health Organization

"WHO is delighted to strengthen its collaboration with the World Health Summit, which is now one of the foremost gatherings in global health." Read more


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

See a full list of satellite events on our website. 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Good Health for All

October 30 |  9:00-15:00 | Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The symposium will discuss the political basis and intentions of the SDGs. It will shed light on the progress realized so far concerning the implementation of the SDGs, but also on responsibilities of science and academia.

Details and Registration


The World Health Summit would like to thank our media partners, including:

Deutsche Welle is a longstanding media partner of the World Health Summit. Germany’s international broadcaster provides objective journalism for a global audience, reflecting different regional perspectives. DW actively supports those who stand up for democracy, human rights and civil society.

Der Tagesspiegel is Berlin’s number-one journalistic voice. Its award-winning journalists “identify the causes of things” and emphasize the paper’s independent, liberal position. 349,000 noticeably young and well-educated readers appreciate this professional ethic day after day.

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