WHS Geneva Meeting

Date: April 19-21, 2016
Theme: “Global Health: Sustainable and Affordable Innovation in Healthcare”
Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), Switzerland


Printed ProgramPDF6,2 MB
GHF Journal 1PDF1,4 MB
GHF Journal 2PDF1,9 MB
GHF Journal 3PDF1,2 MB
GHF Journal 4PDF1,8 MB


Since its first edition, the Geneva Health Forum (GHF) has become a space for dialogue and major exchanges between field practitioners, the university hospitals, the public and private sectors, international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

In 2016, several sessions of the GHF were designed in collaboration with the World Health Summit and the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies. Faithful to the GHF spirit, the WHS Geneva Meeting offered the opportunity to have an open and constructive debate on innovation in healthcare.

All the sessions were simultaneously translated in French and English.

Presidential Message

Antoine Flahault
University of Geneva
WHS President 2016

Registration Fee

~ Feb 29, 2016Mar 1 - Apr 12, 2016After April 13, 2016
Regular ParticipantsCHF 510CHF 720CHF 925
Low/Middle Income Countries*CHF 100CHF 150CHF 200
HUG/UNIGE StaffCHF 100CHF 150CHF 200
Students**CHF 100CHF 150CHF 200

* See World Bank list
** Student participants should be less than 30 years and must submit proof of enrollment at an educational institution.

For further information on VISA requirements, payment conditions etc. please check here >>>

Speakers include

Dinesh Bhugra
President, World Psychiatric Association

Jean-Marc Biquet
Lecturer, Doctoral School in Global Health, University of Geneva

Shu-Ti Chiou
Director-General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan

Laura Ciaffi
Head, Research Project UMI 233, IRD Montpellier

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

Alain Gervaix
Head, Home Service and Pediatric Emergencies, Geneva University Hospital

Marie-Paule Kieny
WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation

Danièle Koum
Pediatrician Neonatologist, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hospital Pediatric Douala

Bertrand Levrat
CEO Geneva University Hospital

Louis Loutan
Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine, Geneva University

Elmar Mock
Co-inventor of Swatch, founder of Créaholic

Denis Mukwege
Founder and Director, Panzi Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo

Patrick Petignat
Head, Gynecologic Division, Geneva University Hospitals

Riccardo Pfister
Head, Neonatology Unit, Geneva University Hospitals

Mauro Poggia
Geneva State Councilor, Department of Employment, Social Affairs and Health

Nelly Staderini
Women's Health and Sexual Violence Referent, Medical Department - Medecins Sans Frontières

Sally Stansfield
Director, Social Impact Consulting Practice, Deloitte

Marcel Tanner
Swiss TPH Director emeritus

Annelies Wilder-Smith
Director, Global Health and Vaccinology Programme Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

John Eu-Li Wong
CEO, National University Health System (NUHS), Singapore

Muhammad H. Zaman
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Call for Contributions -- closed

The GHF is committed in promoting young researchers in this field, and will give a voice to the future leaders in global health. To mark its commitment, the GHF proposes to offer free registration to the three-day forum for all young researchers with an accepted abstract for an oral presentation or oral poster.

This call for contribution is restricted to young researchers and should focus on the forum's main theme:

Sustainable and Affordable Innovations in Healthcare

Applications were requested before December 15, 2015

Each abstract will be selected for an oral poster which will be displayed for the whole duration of GHF plus an oral short presentation of 2 minutes with one PowerPoint slide during a dedicated session of GHF2016. The YoungResearcherGHF16 Award will be given to the best contributions.

Please follow this link for further information on application details, topics, etc. >>>

The “Market Place” Exhibition Space

The exhibition space of the Geneva Health Forum provided the opportunity for exchange after the discussions. On the ground floor, a temporary hospital was built around a red wire focusing on the theme of affordable and sustainable innovation for the hospitals of the future.

Host City

Geneva, the host city of the Geneva Health Forum, is the flagship city in terms of health, with a concentration of expertise on health issues, thanks to the presence of international organisations such as WHO or CICR, but also of NGOs, industry associations and Permanent Missions to the United Nations. Important Swiss public institutions engaged in global health are our partners and hosts.