World Health Summit 2016

October 09-11

Federal Foreign Office
Unterwasserstraße 10
10117 Berlin, Germany

August 2016

Bringing you updates on these topics:

World Health Summit 2016
- Welcome Messages from our High Patrons
- Speaker Update
- WHS Startup Track: Finalists
- WHS Night
- Session Introduction
- WHS Partner Specials

WHS Community Bulletin
- IAP: Communique Regarding the Current Situation in Turkey
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Turns 100
- World Sepsis Congress in September

Welcome Messages from our High Patrons

Excerpt from the 2016 Welcome Message:

"Whether we are talking about institutional factors or other global health issues such as a joint approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance, we can only be effective in overcoming the challenges they present if scientists, policymakers and society work together side by side."

Excerpt from the 2016 Welcome Message:

"This Summit is a forum for discussion and dialogue, bringing together men and women “of good will”. That means it is a place of peace."

Excerpt from the 2016 Welcome Message:

"It is impossible to talk about health issues in the past year in Europe without reflecting on the refugee crisis, and the challenges and opportunities that it has presented for Europe. Over one million children, women and men arrived at our shores and borders last year."

Read the entire Welcome Message in English and German >>>

Read the entire Welcome Message in English and French >>>

Read the entire Welcome Message in English >>>

Speaker Update

We are proud to be actively supported by experts from every health-related sector. Among them are (in alphabetical order):

Yukiya Amano
Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria

Elizabeth Blackburn
Nobel Prize Laureate (2009) / President, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

Yves Daccord
Director-General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland

Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Sanofi, France

Adalberto Campos Fernandes
Minister of Health, Portugal

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia

Frans van Houten
CEO, Royal Philips, Netherlands

Lloyd B. Minor
Dean, School of Medicine, Stanford University, USA

Jaqueline Shea
CEO, Aeras, USA

Helle Thorning-Schmidt
CEO, Save the Children

Please follow this link for a comprehensive list of speakers >>> or use our interactive program planner >>>

WHS Startup Track: Finalists

The WHS Startup Track, held under the high patronage of German Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe, highlights and showcases outstanding ideas and innovative business concepts that have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and improve Global Health.

On October 10 from 13:00-14:00, the 10 finalists will have three minutes each to pitch their business concepts before a WHS audience and jury. Minister Gröhe will present the awards at the WHS Night that evening.

These 10 finalists will present their ideas:

- Care Across (Greece)
- Cold Plasmatech (Germany)
- evivecare (Germany)
- Glasschair (Germany)
- iFeel Healthy (Israel)
- midge medical UG (Germany)
- OneWorldDoctors (Germany)
- Pelvifly (Poland)
- Symptoma (Austria)
- WinSenga (Uganda)

Learn more about the WHS Startup Track >>>

WHS Night

Date: October 10
Opening: 6:30 pm
Beginning: 7 pm
Location: Allianz Forum,
Pariser Platz 6, 10117 Berlin

After two days of intense work with fellow World Health Summit participants from all over the world, take an evening to relax at the WHS Night – at a venue right next to the Brandenburg Gate.

The highlight of this event will be the WHS Startup Track Award Ceremony, when German Federal Minister of Health Herman Gröhe announces the competition’s  finalists and winner.

Snacks and drinks will be served, and a DJ will be on hand to encourage those who want to dance. A shuttle service will be available. Please note that you must register separately ( to attend the WHS Night.

Session Introduction

Opening Ceremony

Closing Ceremony

Women, Empowerment and Health

Sunday Oct. 09, 2016
5:00-6:30 pm

Chaired by the WHS Presidents Antoine Flahault (Geneva, Switzerland) and Detlev Ganten (Berlin, Germany), distinguished speakers and experts will open the World Health Summit 2016 with a series of keynote lectures:

- Hermann Gröhe
  (Federal Minister of Health, Germany)
- Marisol Touraine
  (Minister of Social Affairs and Health, France)
- Emmanuelle Charpentier
  (Director, Max Planck Institute
   for Infection Biology, Germany)
- Alain Berset
  (Federal Councillor and Head,
   Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA,
- Erwin Paul Böttinger
  (CEO, Berlin Institute of Health, Germany)

The session will be followed by the WHS Welcome Reception with live music, food and drinks.

Monday, Oct. 11, 2016
4:00-6:00 pm

In recent decades, women’s empowerment and equity have been increasingly recognized as potentially crucial components of efforts to achieve a wide range of health and development objectives. The empowerment and autonomy of women – and improvements in their political, social, economic, and health status – are therefore gaining acceptance as highly important ends in themselves.

- Hélène Boisjoly
  (Dean, Faculty of Medicine,
  Université de Montréal, Canada)

- Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti
  (WHO Regional Director for Africa, Botswana)
- Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul
   Friends of the Global Fund Europe, France)
- Karen Linehan
  (Executive Vice President,
   Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Sanofi, France)

You will find all information on sessions, topics, speakers, and chairs in our interactive program planner >>>

WHS Partner Specials


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WHS Community Bulletin

IAP: Communique Regarding the Current Situation in Turkey

"The leadership of the InterAcacdemy Partnership would like to go on record condemning the recent attempted coup d’état in Turkey. Violence should never be accepted as a means for overthrowing a democratically elected government.

However, we are also concerned over the response of the Government of Turkey. In the aftermath of the failed coup, we are informed that more than 1,500 university deans have been suspended from their posts and Turkish scientists are being prevented from leaving the country. Indeed, those already abroad were even called back. (...)"

The whole communique, signed by the IAP Leadership, is available online >>>

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Turns 100

The prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a founding member of the M8 Alliance, celebrated its official 100th birthday on June 13, 2016. Congratulations to a fantastic institution and a wonderful partner.

“This Centennial will both celebrate the past century of lifesaving contributions by the Bloomberg School and help us chart the next century’s priorities for improving health worldwide.”
Dean Michael J. Klag, WHS President 2012

       (c) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Find out all about the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at our M8 Alliance Member Page >>>

World Sepsis Congress in September

The 1st World Sepsis Congress >>> will take place completely online on September 8 & 9, 2016, as a prelude and introduction to the fifth World Sepsis Day on September 13, 2016.

In 13 sessions, more than 70 speakers from more than 20 countries will hold presentations on the number one preventable cause of death worldwide: sepsis. Participation is free of charge, and open to anyone with an internet connection.


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