World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra

Topics & Program

  • 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

Institutional Support


João Gabriel Silva
Rector, University of Coimbra, Portugal

"Challenge and the responsibility will define this first World Health Summit to take place in Portugal. The challenge for Coimbra is to make a significant contribution to the design of effective mechanisms for increasing the provision of high-quality health services to areas of the world where they’re inadequate or nonexistent. The responsibilities involve confirming Coimbra as a center of creation and disseminating knowledge regarding health. [...]"

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Fernando de Jesus Regateiro

President of the Board, Coimbra Hospital and University Centre, Portugal

"[...] The University of Coimbra and the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre are the hosts of this important meeting, which is taking place in Portugal for the first time. We are very committed to playing a major role in Global Health as members of the M8 Alliance, an extensive global network of leaders that promotes the development of innovative solutions and effective approaches to Global Health challenges in a changing world. [...]"

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University of Coimbra

The University of Coimbra is the oldest university in the country, and for centuries it was the only university in Portugal. The history of higher education in Portugal is bound closely to the history of this historic center of learning.

Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre

Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre (CHUC) mission is to deliver high-quality clinical care in a context of pre and postgraduate training with a strong focus on research, scientific knowledge and innovation.

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Meeting Venue

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra was held in the Convento São Francisco. Located next to the Mondego River, this historic building is close to major hotels and services, and easy to reach by public transport and on foot.

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The START(H)UP programme provided comprehensive support for innovations that show the potential to have a positive impact on healthcare. The most promising ideas are developed into commercially viable products through a multi-disciplinary approach, involving healthcare, medicine, Medtech, Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry.

The START(H)UP competition was an initiative of the World Health Summit to select the best healthcare company. Twelve Portuguese startups were invited to exemplify the best in the national market. 

Coimbra, in the heart of Global Health.

Young Physician Leaders, Coimbra, Portugal

In the Young Physicians Leadership Program (YPL), IAP for Health has identified 10 outstanding young physicians from Portuguese speaking countries who are currently in the process of establishing and developing their careers, who have been exposed to a specific leadership development program followed by participation as special guests at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018.

The IAP for Health Young Physician Leaders Program 2018, Coimbra, Portugal was organized in partnership with Coimbra Health, formed by the University of Coimbra and the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre (CHUC). It has a special collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra.

Further information about the YPL program