World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra

Date: April 19-20, 2018
Venue: Convento de São Francisco, Coimbra, Portugal
Hosts: University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre


  • 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

Welcome Messages

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.

This event will move beyond just proposing solutions towards a more integrative and inclusive approach. In it, special guests, speakers, experts, participants, social communicators, and figures from civil society will work together to identify sustainable responses that are also widely executable.

History shows that we are capable of finding new paths, uniting people and ideas, and developing new alternatives. Portugal has always had – and will continue to have – the capacity to kickstart new trends, spread good practices and generate new concepts.

In a world shaped by the velocity of change, this event will alert us to an impending need – to find new answers to old problems. Technology and novelty are important allies on this journey.

We are living in a unique era. One in which paradigms are being overturned and new planetary dynamics are being established. Portugal has the opportunity to be part of this history, and to present distinct ways of thinking that will influence healthcare in the future.

Together, we can overcome great challenges!


Fernando de Jesus Regateiro

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

As Co-President of the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018, it is an honor to welcome you to Coimbra in the same year that the M8 Alliance celebrates its 10th birthday!

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.

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 will provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of themes such as the management of infectious diseases, governance for health equity in low- and middle-income countries, opportunities and challenges in translating innovation into healthcare, and adapting biomedical education to a changing world.

The strong representation on the part of nations belonging to the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) is explained by the close bonds that tie Coimbra to each of them. At this World Health Summit Regional Meeting, we intend to promote the joint development of new approaches and establish fruitful collaborations with both our CPLP partners and our international partners.

It has been a privilege for us to have the opportunity to organize the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 in Coimbra.

We hope to honor the purpose of this global health event by engaging participants and prestigious leaders from a wide range of areas and geographies in a broad, intense and fruitful discussion.

Fernando de Jesus Regateiro
President of the Board, Coimbra Hospital and University Centre


Program overview (pdf)
Detailed program (pdf)
Event booklet (pdf)
Plan of the event (pdf)

Thursday, April 19, 2018
08:00Registration & Welcome reception
09:00 10:30Communicable Diseases vs Non Communicable diseases1Circadian Biology and Personalized Medicine3Setting the basis for healthcare and innovation after armed conflict3

Biomedical Education for a changing World4

Coffee break (30 min)THINK_SDGs: Accelerating implementation for health (open network meeting)5
11:00 12:30Lessons learned from HIV pandemic to reach the 90-90-90 goals1Reducing Maternal and Child Mortality2Global Health Security1
Global Policies to Implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)2

Lunch break (60 min)
13:30 15:00KEY01: Opening Session
15:00 16:30Infectious Diseases and Climate Change1Shaping Urban Environments for more Equitable and Healthier Places2Digital Medicine3How to change the curricula to include Global Health4"Saudi Ki Nô Rikesa"5

Coffee break (30 min)
17:00 18:30KEY02: The role of diplomacy in Global Health Politics – Health Ministers of CPLP
19:30 23:00Dinner & Regional Meeting Night (only by invitation)
Friday, April 20, 2018
09:00 10:30Reverting the dissemination of Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases1Migrants and Health2

Access to Vaccines to protect Life1The role of Health Professionals in the integrated response to the Citizen5

Coffee break (30 min)
11:00 12:30 KEY03: Investing in Women Health: Addressing the challenges of development

Lunch break (90 min) | Startup Track Education towards Human Rights4
14:00 15:30Networking the networks: Maximising impact by strengthening collaboration, capacity and quality of clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa1
Access to Healthcare: Inequalities in a Global World2Translational and Sustainable Innovation3Training and Empowerment of Health Professionals in Low and Middle Income Countries4How to improve access to care for diabetic patients: Portugal and Africa approaches2
15:30 17:00
KEY04: Closing Ceremony
Sunset & Regional Tasting


The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra has brought together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and healthcare systems worldwide.

Selected speakers (in alphabetical order):

John Hogenesch

Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA

John is an Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Divisions of Human Genetics and Immunobiology. His lab studies genome biology with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of circadian rhythms in mammals.


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.

Founded in 1290 by King Dinis in Lisbon, it was permanently settled in Coimbra in 1537, by order of King João III, after a period of migration between these two cities. Initially planned to work in Sofia Street, opened specifically to accommodate it, near the Monastery of Santa Cruz, it was in the Royal Palace of the “Alcaçova”, later the Palace of Schools, that all Faculties of the University of Coimbra - Theology, Canons, Law and Medicine – began their work in 1544. This is the image recorded in the Portuguese collective imagination, indelible mark of the city and its University ever since.

For centuries the city and the University were shaped in a deep symbiotic relationship, clearly visible in our days when we appreciate the relationship between the various cores of Alta (higher city).

The Palace of Schools, historic center par excellence of the University, holds a part of the whole that constitutes the University - here we perceive the traditions and mystique that makes it unique in the world. Inseparable from the city that hosts it, one feels the legacy of centuries, which projects itself in time, connecting the past and the future.

The College of Jesus is the oldest Jesuit College in the world, created here in 1542. It became the teaching space of sciences at the University of Coimbra after the Studies reforms, driven by the Marquis of Pombal in 1772. It is now one of the major references in what relates to the History of Science in Portugal.

In June 2013, UNESCO classified the University of Coimbra as World Heritage Site, for its unquestionable value for the History and Portuguese Culture – thus rewarding the effort and dedication of those who every day works to preserve, enhance and especially share its heritage with the World.

More info about the University of Coimbra

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.

We offer comprehensive care across all major medical and surgical specialities. CHUC´s excellence centres ensure high standard healthcare services being the Portuguese hospital with the largest number of Centers of Reference and belonging to ten Europe Reference Networks.

CHUC is an associate partner of InnoSTAR S, EIT Health KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Communities) and has there major partnerships with several biotech and IT companies implementing the concept of an innovation pioneer hospital.

Meeting Venue

The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra has been 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.

The Convento de São Francisco is one of Coimbra's main cultural hubs, supporting artistic residences and promoting the excellent cultural programme that the city has to offer. As a congress centre, the Convento São Francisco is part of the international business tourism circuit and regularly hosts large and prestigious events.

Tourism, culture and business collide at the Convento São Francisco, an operational and multifunctional space that combines economy, culture, knowledge and innovation. It offers visitors to Coimbra a base from which to learn about surrounding places of interest within the UNESCO World Heritage site such as the University of Coimbra, Alta and Sofia, as well as other places further afield.

University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre

Convento São Francisco

Av. da Guarda Inglesa 3
3040-270 Coimbra, Portugal


Do you want know entrepreneurs with innovative ideas?
Are you interested in exploring potential technologies?
START(H)UP is your initiative.

The START(H)UP programme provides 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 is the 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. It is your responsibility to choose the best among the best. The voting will run until 07:00 p.m on April 19. What are you waiting for? Be part of the future of Global Health. The final awards event will take place on April 20 at 12:30 p.m. See the program!

Coimbra, in the heart of Global Health.

BMD Software

The BMD main mission is to develop innovative software solutions for healthcare and to provide high quality services to customers. | more info

PCI - Creative Science Park Via do Conhecimento
3830-352 Ílhavo, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 234 247 289 | adm(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2011 | 9

Coimbra Genomics

Coimbra Genomics is commercializing ELSIE, a first-in-kind platform that allows any physician to quickly use genomic information from patients to make better decisions on prescription and diagnosis.

Biocant Park, Núcleo 4, Lote 3
3060-197 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 231 410 905 | sofiapinto(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | 9

University of Coimbra, Coimbra Hospital and Universitary Centre

HeartGenetics is dedicated to keeping people healthy by providing actionable knowledge based on genetic data and by increasing engagement with therapeutics, as well as nutritional and workout plans. | more info

Biocant Park, Núcleo 4, Lote 4
3060-197 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 962 711 011 | atf(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | 16


Immunethep is a biotech startup company that is developing anti-bacterial immunotherapies based on the discovery of a virulence mechanism shared by different life-threatening bacteria.

Biocant Park, Núcleo 4 Lote 3
3060-197 Cantanhede, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 231 419 042  | info(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2014 | 7


We are a digital and tech agency guided by innovation, which combines talented creative people with state of the art technology to develop products with great quality and technological differentiation. | more info

PARKURBIS - Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Covilhã
6200-865 Covilhã, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 968 397 681 | geral(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | 3

Labfit -HPRD: Health Products Research and Development Lda

Provides R&D, analytical services, regulatory support and consultancy for pharmaceutical product development and characterization. It is a GLP facility, certified under ISO9001, ISO13485 and NP4457. | more info | promotional video

Edificio Ubimedical
Estrada Municipal 506, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 275 241 271 | apo(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2012 | 8


NU-RISE ensures proper radiation dose at right place,helping doctors better target the cancer and protecting patients from unnecessary irradiation. Safer radiation - an evolution for cancer treatment. | more info

IEUA, edificio 1, Campus Universitario de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 916 505 902  | info(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2015 | 4

Sensing Future Technologies

Sensing Future Technologies develops medical devices. We work with sensor technology for physical rehabilitation and robotics for the telemedicine and assistive market. | more info

Rua Pedro Nunes, Bloco E
3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 239 404 234 | geral(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2011 | 6


SWORD Phoenix is an integrated, simple and straightforward system that combines motion sensors with an innovative software approach for both the mobile application (patient-oriented) and the online console (professional-oriented) so that physical rehabilitation processes can be optimized.


Rua Sá da Bandeira, Nº651, 1º Dt
4000-437 Porto, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 223 248 286 | hello(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2013 | >12

Soft Bionics Lda

Soft Bionics aims at bringing cutting edge research on printed and stretchable electronics into market, focused currently on e-skins for patient bio-monitoring patches and foot pressure mapping.

Instituto Pedro Nunes, Rua Pedro Nunes
3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 968 397 681 | mahmood.tavakoli(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2016 | 3

Take the Wind Lda. / Body Interact Inc.

Take the Wind has always been 100% focused on providing innovative digital health solutions. We have combined science, design and technology to deliver cutting-edge solutions for medical training. | more info | promotional video

Instituto Pedro Nunes, TecBis Rua Pedro Nunes, Edifício D
3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 239 090 850 | info(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2008 | 28

A consulting agency that designs integrated solutions for complex problems. Our main expertise is in made-to-measure software development for enterprises, with a focus on healthcare solutions. | more info

Rua Antero Andrade e Silva, nº 52
4520-401 MOSTEIRÓ, Portugal
Telephone | e-mail
+351 933 384 405  | nuno(at)
Foundation year | Number of employees
2010 | 12

Young Physician Leaders, Coimbra, Portugal

Effective healthcare institutions need effective leaders. The issue of developing leadership qualities among health professionals, however, is often neglected, with many young professions having to learn their leadership skills almost by trial and error as they are handed positions of responsibility.

Although incorporating leadership training programs into the medical curriculum is lately gaining in importance, in practice too few countries are actually providing such training. To contribute to building capacity in this area, IAMP launched its Young Physician Leaders (YPL) program in 2011 in partnership with the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies.

In the framework of this initiative, 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 during the World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018.


The Young Physician Leaders initiative aims to convene a group of diverse specialties and origins. To date, 131 YPL have been trained. Their details can be found in the dedicated YPL Directory (

YPL Partners

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


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