Berlin, August 2012

Bringing you these topics:

  • Online Session Planner
  • Session-Introduction: “Bringing Medicines to Low-Income Markets”
  • "Next Generation of Science Journalists"-Competition: Submission Deadline
  • Launch of the Book of Participants
  • Meet our Keynote Speakers:
    Zsuzsanna Jakab
    Richard Horton
    Josef Ackermann
  • Special Registry Rates

Get further information and details on every Session

Online Session Planner

The modern unhealthy lifestyle is a main cause of new epidemics, like obesity, diabetes and mental illness. Sustainable solutions to meet these challenges and to provide for healthcare systems are urgently required. The World Health Summit 2012 will focus on these topics in various tracks and sessions.

To structure your participation as effectively as possible in advance, the Online Session Planner provides detailed information about themes and speakers, as well as offering further readings.

The Online Session Planner is now available!

Session-Introduction: “Bringing Medicines to Low-Income Markets”

The guide “Bringing Medicines to Low-income Markets” (available online) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) offers a promising approach to support NGOs, pharmaceutical companies and other actors looking to more effectively develop business models suited to serve low-income patients. In the framework of this year’s World Health Summit two events focus on the study and its findings:

On Monday, October 22nd, a symposium introduces the guide and offers the possibility to discuss its findings and possible solutions with distinguished experts from the BMZ, the pharmaceutical industry and NGOs.

Based on the symposium, a workshop organized by the WHS, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of BMZ, and Sanofi will take place on October 23rd. Along 4 “A's” – Acceptance, Awareness, Availability, Affordability – and a 5th “A” referring to ‘Actors’ (partners) it invites participants to work out possibilities for cooperation and thus develop sustainable solutions for patients in developing and emerging countries. This workshop offers a new format of discussion at the WHS and requires registration.

Find more information on this session in our Online Session Planner >>>

© Solveig Haupt

Preceding the Summit, an additional extensive workshop will be held on October 18th – 19th, 2012 in Berlin. It is targeted at practitioners in the pharmaceutical and health sector, looking to start or expand their business activities into low-income markets. Please read on here for more information >>>

"Next Generation of Science Journalists"-Competition: Submission Deadline

Mickey Chopra, UNICEF © World Health Summit

To help recognize emerging Science Journalists, Germany’s most read medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ), and the World Health Summit have designed the “Next Generation of Science Journalists” competition. It aspires to provide a welcome boost for those at the start of their careers and also to create an opportunity for these young professionals to leave a mark on global media.

The winners will benefit from interesting insights, new exchange with colleagues, workshops and various networking opportunities with international scientific luminaries. Applications will be accepted until September 1st.

Read on for further terms and conditions >>>

Launch of the Book of Participants

As the World Health Summit attracts participants from more than 90 countries, it provides an ideal framework for networking. Following the Book of Participants' successful introduction in 2011, we are happy to implement it once again in 2012.

Many fully registered participants have already supplied their CV, picture, and contacting details. These will be made available at regular update-intervals. To get access and simultaneously become visible for our interesting range of guests, simply register for the Book of Participants. Just follow the instructions during Full Registration and provide your data, which will be handled with the utmost discretion.

Don’t miss this wonderful tool to increase your circle of friends, acquaintances and contacts!

© World Health Summit


Zsuzsanna Jakab © WHO Europe

Meet some of our Keynote Speakers

Zsuzsanna Jakab

The native Hungarian is Director of the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark. She began her outstanding career in Hungary’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1975, being responsible for external affairs. In 1991, Jakab began working in the World Health Organization in several senior management positions as for example Director of Administration and Management Support or Director of Country Health Development. Since 2010 she is the Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Before her election as Regional Director, Jakab served as the founding Director of the European Union's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 2005 and 2010, she built ECDC into an internationally respected centre of excellence in the fight against infectious diseases.

Her keynote lecture will be on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Richard Horton © The Lancet

Richard Horton

Richard Horton was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors after being a President of the US Council of Science Editors. Following his BSc in physiology and on completion of his general medical training, he joined “The Lancet” in 1990 as an assistant editor and moved to New York to return two years later to London, becoming Editor-in-Chief.

Horton is an honorary professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Science, a Member of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities as well as University College London and the University of Edinburgh. He received the Edinburgh Medal for professional achievement judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of human health and wellbeing.

Richard Horton will be holding a keynote lecture on Monday, October 22nd.

Josef Ackermann © Zurich Insurance Group

Josef Ackermann

Josef Ackermann studied Economics and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, and after receiving his doctorate he joined the management board of Deutsche Bank AG in 1996. From February 2006 until May 2012 he was chairman of the management board.

He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd since March 2012. Prior to this he served as Vice-Chairman for two years.

In 2007, Mr. Ackermann accepted an appointment as visiting professor in finance at the London School of Economics. In July 2008, he was appointed Honorary Professor at Frankfurt’s Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Furthermore, he is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece.

Josef Ackermann will hold a Keynote Lecture on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Special Registry Rates

Your extensive usage of our Early Bird Rates makes us humbly proud as the early registrations prove your trust in the World Health Summit designing a worthy program. But even now, as the deadline is expired and the program is almost finalized, there are several interesting offers for those who are unable to pay the regular fee.

To enable representatives from all kinds of organizations to participate, we offer 60% discount for NPO's from Non-OECD countries for a full registration, NPO's from OECD countries get 40% reduction for their employees, whereas students only pay 25% of the full price.

Please find all the details in our online registration >>>

World Health Summit - a cosmopolitan get-together © WHS

"Held at the Charite hospital, where the towering presence of Rudolf Virchow can still be felt, last week’s meeting succeeded in being more cosmopolitan than ever before.." (Richard Horton, THE LANCET 378, 2011)

See you at the World Health Summit 2012!


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