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

Newsletter November 2019

Key Note Opening Ceremony Audience

Dear friends,

Our warmest gratitude to everyone involved in the World Health Summit 2019. It is truly inspiring to see members of the global health community from all over the world come together in one place to work towards a healthier future. 

This year's diverse and excellent contributions highlight just how many factors must come together for global health, including medical research, political choices, commercial determinants, and much more. In the tradition of Alexander von Humboldt’s holistic view of nature, we were reminded that these issues are connected, and that the health of people and the health of the planet cannot be separated. This perspective is reflected in the recommendations of this year's M8 Declaration

I am thrilled to see commitment to global health continue to grow, and look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at the Regional Meeting 2020 in Kampala and again in Berlin next year. 

Detlev Ganten
World Health Summit


At the World Health Summit 2019, over 2,500 participants and 300 speakers representing politics, science, civil society, and the private sector came together in Berlin to discuss the biggest challenges in global health. Attendees included ministers from nearly 20 countries, top scientists, and CEOs. Women made up 45% of this year's speaker lineup, and 55% of participants overall.

Key Note Tedros

"Health is a human right, but it’s a right that must be realized through political choice... There has never been a better opportunity to work together to transform the health of billions of people.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General, World Health Organization

“For us to achieve universal health coverage, we need to strengthen primary healthcare. Two aspects need to be addressed: infrastructure, which is failing for primary healthcare, as well as strengthening community knowledge and action.”

Jane Ruth Aceng
Minister of Health, Uganda

"We cannot face gender issues without including diverse identities."

Epsy Campbell Bar
Vice President, Costa Rica

"Good software technologies have the potential to democratize healthcare, because they can be made available to everyone."

Christof von Kalle
Chair for Clinical Translational Sciences, BIH

World Health Organization and Charité Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Global Health

The World Health Organization and Charité will continue working together to accelerate progress in health-related Sustainable Development Goals through promoting and supporting WHO’s five-year strategic plan (2019-2023) during the World Health Summit. As part of the collaboration, the World Health Summit will serve as a platform to provide annual updates on the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All, an initiative of 12 leading international agencies to coordinate their activities to improve global health and meet health-related SDG targets.

The Global Action Plan was first announced at the World Health Summit 2018 and launched in September 2019 at the UN General Assembly. Topics central to the achievement of health related sustainable development goals through WHO’s work and the success of the Global Action Plan will continue to feature prominently in the World Health Summit program.

Change of International Presidency

World Health Summit international presidency has passed from Tehran University of Medical Sciences to Uganda's Makerere University. The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2020 in Kampala will be the first held in Africa: April 27-28, 2020.

Regional Meeting Website

Video and Photos

Video footage of keynotes and selected panel discussions will be posted to our YouTube channel

Photos of the summit are available here

In the Media

Outlets covering the World Health Summit 2019 include:

ARD tagesschau24, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, El País, RFI, ZDF heute journal, Deutsche Welle, Handelsblatt, BILD, DEVEX, Tagesspiegel, and more.

Media Coverage


M8 Declaration: Action on Global Health, Universal Health Coverage, and Climate Cannot be Separated

Each year, the M8 Alliance issues a declaration at the World Health Summit, outlining major take-aways and policy recommendations. The 2019 M8 Alliance Declaration places a focus on action to combat climate change, progress towards universal health coverage, and digital transformation in health and health services. It sends a strong message that all stakeholders need to cooperate across nations and sectors to integrate and apply scientific knowledge to ensure a healthier and safer world and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read the 2019 M8 Declaration


New M8 Alliance Members

The M8 Alliance welcomes three new members: Karolinska Institutet, the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), a university alliance with 185 members.


Regional Meeting 2020

Kampala, Uganda
April 27-28, 2020

World Health Summit 2020

Berlin, Germany
October 25-27, 2020


Lecture by Nobel Laureate Denis Mukwege

Monday, November 25, 8 - 9:30 PM
Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Luisenstr. 59, 10117 Berlin 

Dr. Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018, will speak on the topic "Traumatized victims and unpunished perpetrators: The enduring scandal in Congo." French-German translation will be provided, and the talk will be followed by a discussion. Please register in advance:

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