Newsletter No. 4

Berlin, July 23rd, 2011


Summit 2011

World Health Summit 2011 | October 23rd-26th, 2011 | Berlin, Germany

World Health Summit 2011

2nd Announcement available online!

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Speaker Update

Speaker Update

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Antoine Flahault is dean of the EHESP School of Public Health (Ecole des hautes études en santé publique) and a professor in epidemiology at the University Paris-Descartes. He directed a public health department at the hospital Tenon in Paris and was also responsible of the national system of communicable disease surveillance in France. 

In addition, he has developed together with the WHO Headquarters in Geneva the global monitoring of influenza (FluNet). Furthermore, he is the director of the WHO collaborating centre for electronic disease surveillance at the University Paris 6. In this context, he coordinates a program which combines public health surveillance, mathematical modeling and epidemiology. Last but not least, he led task forces against a chikunguya outbreak in the Indian Ocean and against dengue fever in the French Caribbean islands.

Antoine Flahault will speak at the following sessions:

From Evidence Based Medicine to Evidence Based Management
Monday, Oct 24th, 2011

Ensuring the Effectiveness of EU Expenditure on Global Health
Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2011

Response to Global Emerging Infectious Outbreaks
Monday, October 24th, 2011


Mickey Chopra took up his post as Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programmes at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters in August 2009, leading the agency’s work on maternal, newborn and child health, immunization, pediatric HIV/AIDS, and health systems strengthening, policy and research.

Prior to his appointment to UNICEF, Mickey Chopra was the director of the Health Systems Research Group of the South Africa Medical Research Council. A British national, Mickey Chopra is qualified as a medical doctor with an additional degree in medical sociology from the University of Southampton in England.  He went to work as a district medical officer in the rural health district of Hlabisa, South Africa and focused especially on child health and nutrition programs. After receiving his Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1997, he joined the nascent School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. In 2008, he earned his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. Mickey Chopra has published over 70 international peer-reviewed papers and contributed to numerous book chapters concerned with international child health and nutrition. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Mickey Chopra will speak at the following sessions:

World Health Summit Ceremony
Sunday, Oct 23rd, 2011

Adolescent Health – It’s Promise and Potential
Sunday, Oct 23rd, 2011

Jane Waterman is the IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative) Executive Director in Europe and oversees activities across 10 European countries and the European Union institutions. A member of IAVI’s Senior Management Team, she guides IAVI’s programs in Europe, covering advocacy and policy research, resource mobilization, communications and media relations.

Jane Waterman was previously on the senior management team of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a global network of national organizations that provide financial and technical support to community-based organizations in more than 40 countries. As director of external relations at the Alliance, she was responsible for raising the profile of the organization, developing and managing its fundraising and communication strategies, and maintaining the organization’s relationship with corporate, philanthropic and government donors. Prior to joining the Alliance in 2004, Jane Waterman worked in resource mobilization at the International Planned Parenthood Federation. She spent time in sub-Saharan Africa between 1987 and 1993 where she worked with the British Council.  She has a Master’s degree in Gender and Development, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Certificate in Fundraising Management.

Jane Waterman will speak at the following sessions:

Bridging Health Gaps with Vaccines
Monday, Oct 24th, 2011

Link to Speakers List

See the list of all confirmed speakers here.


Registration & Grants

Early Bird rate extended!

Early Bird Registration is extended to August 31st, 2011. Further information and online registration can be found <link registration participant-registration _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>here. 

The World Health Summit provides a limited number of 10 complimentary registration grants and 5 travel grants for NPO employees and students, who’s work addresses questions of health care of a high global impact and develops perspectives of clinical application to increase global health. Travel grants include travel, accommodation and registration for the duration of the summit. Application Deadline is August 31st, 2011. For more information and application visit the Summit <link registration participant-registration _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>websit<link registration participant-registration _blank external-link-new-window external link in new>e.


Session Planner

Preliminary Program available.

Session Highlights

Session Highlights

The Economic Crisis: Impacts on Health

The current financial crisis impacts on health of populations worldwide. More than ever countries are struggling to afford the cost of health care systems. Many reforms emphasize short term effects and interests of individual stakeholders rather than looking at health system in the whole and the global picture.

Applying short-sighted budget restrictions to health spending could have disastrous middle to long-term impact on population welfare and potential economic growth.

Health is more than medicine. Medicine is a social science. The health economy is one of the biggest financial sectors with high ethics and remarkable stability in times of crisis. Among the key question to be discussed are:

  • How do we ensure that our healthcare expenditures correspond with our healthcare priorities, and provide best value for money spent?
  •  How and where to set health priorities when money is tight?
  • What are the different dimensions of "value for money" in healthcare from straight budget cuts to adoption of more efficient methods of care and technologies?
  • How to control public spending in the short term while supporting our long-term goals for equitable, responsive, effective and efficient health systems?
  • How can we achieve long-term growth in a real market health economy?

The World Health Summit will respond to these important issues amongst others in the following sessions:     

Title Session 1 Global Perspective...


M8 Symposium

Global Perspectives on Health Care Reforms

Wednesday, October 26th, 14.00 – 15.30

Text Session 1

Countries around the world are struggling to afford rising health care costs, leading many to consider various reforms to slow the growth in future health care spending.  Many of these reforms are emphasizing the important role of health care providers in improving the value of care delivered throughout the health care system.  This session will present an overview of these provider-oriented reform efforts underway in China, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and United States.


  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Peking Union Medical College


  • Bradley Herring | Associate Professor | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | United States


  • Wouter Bos | KPMG | Former Minister of Finances, Netherlands
  • Darrell Gaskin | Associate Professor | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | United States
  • Peter Smith | Professor of Health Economics | Imperial College London | United Kingdom
  • Dao Tai | Director, Institute of Medical Information | Peking Union Medical College | China
  • Bradley Herring | Associate Professor | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | United States

Title Session 2 Austerity...


Partner Symposium

Austerity Measures and Health Care. Fiscal Discipline vs. Investing in Health

Tuesday, October 25th, 14.00 – 15.30


Text Session 2 Austerity

For its 2010 Health Minister Meeting, the OECD met with the health ministers to discuss "Health priorities when money is tight". Policy makers are now under tremendous pressure to achieve macro-economic stability and are looking at all public spending for potential savings and cuts. At the same time, applying short-term budget restrictions to healthcare spending could have a disastrous middle to long-term impact on population welfare and potential economic growth. The key question is thus,  how to ensure that our healthcare expenditures  correspond with our healthcare priorities, provide value for money,  and ensure that we continue to  prolong  the morbidity  threshold  in order to keep our ageing population healthy  and active.

Our panel will discuss this complex policy landscape and provide elements for responding to the following questions:

  • How to control public spending in the short-term while supporting our long-term goals for equitable, responsive, effective and efficient health systems?
  • How strong is the case for sustainable spending in healthcare to achieve long-term economic growth?
  • What are the different dimensions of "value for money" in healthcare from straight budget cuts to adoption of more efficient methods of care and technologies?


  • MSD Sharp & Dohme


  • Melinda Crane | Journalist | Deutsche Welle | Germany
  • Bruno Strigini | President EuCan | MSD SHARP & DOHME | United Kingdom


  • Wolfgang Greiner | Health Economist | University Bielefeld | Germany
  • Frank Lichtenberg | Health Economist | Columbia University New York | United States
  • Michael Schoenstein | Economist | OECD | Germany
  • Dieter Moehler | President | German Diabetes Association | Germany
  • Bruno Strigini | President EuCan | MSD SHARP & DOHME GMBH | United Kingdom

Satellite Meeting

Satellite Meeting

IAMP Young Leaders Meeting at the World Health Summit

We are very pleased to inform you that the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) – and the M8 Alliance of leading Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities worldwide are joining to establish a “Young Physicians Leadership Program” to be inaugurated during the World Health Summit October 23rd – 26th 2011, in Berlin, Germany. 

Together we seek to identify 20 outstanding young physician leaders, nominated by IAMP members, for a specific workshop to develop their leadership skills during mentoring sessions with an international group of physician leaders. The program includes participation in the World Health Summit from October 23rd – 26th 2011, which will provide an outstanding scientific and policy program and networking opportunities with a global group of outstanding medical and scientific professionals, government officials, business leaders and health related organizations.

IAMP member academies will nominate eligible physicians under 40 years of age with demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in clinical medicine, medical education, public health or health policy and who show significant promise for leadership in their fields in the future. The Co-Chairs of the IAMP, Jo Ivey Boufford and Looi Lai-Meng, will be chairing this program in Berlin.




Summit Secretariat

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
110117 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 450 572 117


Organizing Office

c/o K.I.T Group GmbH
Association & Conference Management Group
Kurfürstendamm 71, 10709 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 246 03 240

We are looking forward to seeing you at the World Health Summit 2011 in October!