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World Health Summit

Newsletter November 2017

World Health Summit 2017

  • Wrap-up, M8 Declaration, Participants
  • Quotes
  • Movie
  • Pictures & Videos
  • Speaker Presentations
  • Media Report

World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra

  • Central Speakers
  • Topics
  • Venue + Hosts


World Health Summit Venue 2017

Held from October 15-17 in Berlin, the World Health Summit 2017 welcomed 2,000 participants from 100 countries. Another 3,500 visitors followed the plenary sessions via live-stream.

The event created 4,000 interactions on the official Facebook page. 1,700 people used the conference hashtag #WHS2017, sent 5,200 tweets and made the hashtag a trending topic with 17 million impressions.

On site, representatives from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society worked together on solutions to the central challenges facing healthcare worldwide. This cooperation culminated in the release of the M8 Alliance Declaration and its main statement: “Health is a political choice.”

M8 Declaration

M8 Declaration 2017 - title

Health is a political choice

This year's World Health Summit sends a strong message that determined political leadership is required to counteract forces that endanger global health progress.

The rich discussions at the World Health Summit 2017 lead us to highlight the need for action in six key areas of global health:

  1. Commitment to Strong and Reliable Governance
  2. Commitment to Ensure Global Health Security
  3. Commitment to Healthy and Resilient Cities
  4. Commitment to Responsible Approaches to Big Data
  5. Commitment to Research, Innovation and Development
  6. Commitment to Innovation and Health Systems Strengthening in Africa

The M8 Alliance Declaration is available online: >


The total number of participants grew by 16% in comparison to 2016, and attendees came from a wide range of sectors. The majority of participants (43%) worked in academia.

A nearly equal number of participants attended from civil society and politics (14% and 13% respectively), while industry representatives made up most of the rest (25%). There was also near parity in terms of gender balance, with 52% of the participants male and 48% female.


Adalberto Campos Fernandes, Minister of Health, Portugal Adalberto Campos Fernandes, Minister of Health, Portugal

“This well-known collaborative network of academic institutions works tirelessly to achieve its main goal: to improve health conditions worldwide.”

Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, WHO Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, WHO

“I am very excited by the increased attendance of young people from Africa.”

Werner Baumann, CEO, Bayer AG, Germany Werner Baumann, CEO, Bayer AG, Germany

“What a great occasion to engage and talk about how we can jointly tackle some of the most fundamental challenges of our time.”

Movie 2017

3 days - 47 sessions - 250 speakers - 2,000 participants: the World Health Summit 2017 was once again a resounding success.

Our film crew caught the special atmosphere in a four-minute movie that features central speakers and topics, the startup competition and other highlights.

World Health Summit Movie 2017 >

World Health Summit 2017 - Movie Still

Pictures & Videos

World Health Summit 2017 - main hall

Picture Gallery

5 keynotes, 11 panel discussions, 31 workshops, the Startup Track, the World Health Summit Night, a graphic recording artist – our picture gallery offers a substantive look back at an unforgettable event. All pictures are also available on request in print quality.

Picture Gallery >

Video Recordings

In case you missed keynote lectures by Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe, WHO Executive Director for the Health Emergencies Programme Peter Salama, or Microsoft's General Manager Health Worldwide Neil Jordan, we recorded and uploaded all keynote lectures and panel discussions:

Session Videos >

Speaker Presentations

Many of our speakers have kindly agreed to make their presentations available as downloads.

The data is available to all registered participants of the WHS Community >

(Please use the personalized login-data you were sent during the registration process to access the WHS Community.)

Media Report

More than 150 accredited media representatives generated more than 300 reports in print, online, TV, and radio.

1,700 people using the conference hashtag #WHS2017 sent 5,200 tweets during the event, which lead to about 17 million impressions.

Find out more in our Press Clippings >

World Health Summit 2017, Media Clippings

World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra

World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra

Speakers will include:

  • António Costa (Prime Minister, Portugal)
  • Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (President of the Portuguese Republic)
  • Adalberto Campos Fernandes (Minister of Health, Portugal)
  • Detlev Ganten (President, World Health Summit, Germany)
  • João Gabriel Silva (Rector of the University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Fernando Regateiro  (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Coimbra University Hospitals, Portugal)

Central topics:

  • Managing Infectious Diseases in Low & Middle Income Countries
  • Governance for Health Equity in Low & Middle Income Countries
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Translating Innovation into Healthcare
  • Biomedical Education for a Changing World


April 19-20, 2018


Convento de São Francisco, Coimbra, Portugal


Coimbra Hospital + University Centre, University of Coimbra

Further information:

Details on the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra are available online >

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