WHS Regional Meeting
North America 2017

May 8-9

Palais des Congrès de Montréal
Montréal, Québec

November 2016

Bringing you updates on these topics:

World Health Summit 2016
- Wrap-up, M8 Declaration, Participants
- WHS Movie
- Pictures & Videos
- Speaker-Presentations

WHS Regional Meeting North America 2017
- Central Speakers
- Topics
- Registration

WHS Community Bulletin
- Deutsche Welle: WHS 2016 Special Program
- Medscape Germany: WHS 2016 Highlight


Held from October 9-11 at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, the World Health Summit 2016 welcomed more than 1,600 participants from more than 80 countries. Another 3,000 visitors from about 100 countries followed the plenary sessions held in the “Weltsaal” and “Europasaal” halls via live-stream.

The Summit reached more than 15,000 people via Facebook, leading to more than 10,000 interactions. More than 5,000 tweets using the hashtag #WHS2016 were also sent, making the event a “trending topic” on two consecutive days and leading to more than 18 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. The consensus that there is a driving need for timely and cooperative action was supported by the 2016 M8 Alliance Declaration.

M8 Declaration

We, the members of the M8 Alliance, call on heads of state and government to invest in people and to ensure that no one is left behind. Following the discussion at this year’s World Health Summit, action in five key central areas of global health is mandatory:

1. Empowerment of Women and Girls
2. Right to Health of Refugees and Migrants
3. Resilience and Global Health Security
4. Antimicrobial Resistance
5. Investment in Research, Development and Health Innovation

The M8 Alliance Declaration is available online: https://bit.ly/M8-Declaration_2016


The total number of participants grew by 8% in comparison to 2015. Representing a broad variety of sectors, the majority of participants (45%) belonged to the field of academia.

A nearly equal number of participants attended from civil society and industry (19% and 17% respectively). There was also near parity in terms of gender balance, with 52% male participants and 48% female.

WHS Movie

Once again, the World Health Summit was a resounding success for both speakers and participants. Our film crew caught the special atmosphere in a eight-minute movie. It features many of the central speakers and topics, the startup competition and other highlights.

Enjoy this entertaining look back:

WHS 2016 Movie >>>


Ren Minghui
WHO Assistant DG, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Switzerland

Elizabeth Blackburn
Nobel Prize laureate, President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA

Frans van Houten
CEO, Royal Philips NV,

“The agenda of this year’s World Health Summit is truly comprehensive and this strategic dialogue is helping to shift the implementation of the sustainable health agenda.”

“Thank you for having me take part in this really wonderful Summit.”

“I am very happy to join this Summit. Together we have a terrific opportunity to reshape the way healthcare is being delivered in both mature and emerging markets.”

Pictures & Videos

Picture Gallery

Five keynotes, nine panel discussions, 30 workshops, the WHS Startup Track, and a graphic recording artist – our picture gallery offers a substantive look back at all the unforgettable WHS 2016 moments. On request, all pictures are available in print quality as well.

Picture Gallery >>>

Video Recordings

In case you missed keynote lectures by Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe or WHO Assistant Director-General Ren Minghui, we recorded and uploaded all WHS 2016 sessions held at the "Weltsaal" and "Europasaal" halls. You’ll find those recordings here:

Session Videos >>>


Many WHS 2016 speakers 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.)

WHS Regional Meeting North America 2017

Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies

Date: May 8-9, 2017
Venue: Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Hosts: Université de Montréal + Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal
Expected Attendance: 800 people

Central Speakers

Timothy Caulfield
Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta

Noel Hayman
Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service

Brian Hodges
Executive Vice-President Education, University Health Network

Joanne Liu
International President, Doctors without Borders

Janet Rossant
President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation

Cécile Rousseau
Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University


To better explore the different aspects of the central theme "Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies", the conference was divided into four subtopics:

New Frontiers in Medical Treatment
Development of precision medicine, rare and genetic diseases, viral infections, diabetes, and antibiotic resistance.

Health and Healthcare Delivery for Specific Groups
First Nations health, health and immigration, health in the workplace, healthcare quality and patient safety.

Environmental, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health
Transformation of the urban environment and its impact on the health of city dwellers, the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and its influence on healthcare costs.

Medical Education for Optimal Healthcare

Medical education and the evolution of the physicians’ role in society, the global health curriculum and the accreditation of medical schools.

Please follow this link for further information on the Program >>>


Specially reduced tickets for the WHS Regional Meeting North America (Montreal) are available online until January 31, 2017:

WHS Community Bulletin

Deutsche Welle: WHS 2016 Special Program

Our longstanding media partners covered the WHS 2016 with several well informed reports and interviews.

Please follow this link to their special on
Migrant Mental Health >>>

Medscape Germany: WHS 2016 Highlight

Our media partners reported from the WHS, interviewed the German Federal Minister of Health and the WHS President.

Find here their WHS 2016 Highlight >>>



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