Welcome Message

The debate about health and its relation with social development has taken a prominent role in the discussions regarding public policies in Latin America in the recent years. Although the region has achieved significant results in the public health field, expanding services and coverage, especially for those living in vulnerable conditions, there are still serious challenges to be tackled.

Therefore, the reflection based on the different perspectives and experiences of these countries will contribute to build up a fortified response to improve our health systems and to maintain and increase our successes already attained, indeed.

In this context, I am deeply glad that Brazil has this chance to host Latin America’s World Health Summit Regional Meeting. This meeting will certainly encourage a profound reflection on such an important theme to our region. The opportunity has also huge potential to result in positive outcomes amid the sectors involved – researchers, health experts, academia, civil society, policy makers, and private initiatives.

Finally, I reiterate my expectations of an excellent meeting and wish to all participants a fruitful and rich event.

Minister Arthur Chioro
Ministry of Health

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,

It is with great honor that we host, for the first time in Latin America, the World Health Summit Regional Meeting. We are delighted that the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies has chosen Brazil to foster the second meeting outside Berlin and it is a privilege to warmly welcome you to São Paulo to discuss health care issues.

With the population rate increasing, megacities start presenting urban and public health problems. The current challenge is to find solutions worldwide. For three days, professors, graduate students, doctors, nurses, health managers, public health professionals, government and pharmaceutical industry will share their expertise to propose effective disease prevention and control.

We recognize that good health is primordial to supporting economic and social development and we are sure that this extraordinary gathering of excellent minds from relevant health care sectors will have global impact.

With warmest regards,

Prof. Giovanni Guido Cerri
President, WHS Regional Meeting – Latin Amercia 2014
Dean, University of Sao Paulo Medical School

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,

It is a privilege to have the opportunity to discuss public health and health care in Latin America with outstanding professionals from all over the world. Despite the significant improvement in our region, we need to debate the current challenges and find solutions to ensure the population’s welfare.

One of our main goals aims at discussing ways to increase healthy life expectancy, such as reducing child and maternal mortality, reducing the burden of infectious and parasitic diseases, and lowering the levels of risk factors:  smoking, sanitation, access to water, etc.

Another focus point will be the impact of urbanization on people’s lives. It is fundamental to create polices that will minimize urban problems, such as inadequate sanitation, poor housing conditions, water and air pollution, violence and drug abuse.

The discussion among key players in health on how to increase the research capacity in Latin America to incorporate technologies will be of great importance, as will be the initiatives to ensure universal health coverage and services of good quality. Health education that implements technical expertise, ethical, humanistic and social responsibility will be another relevant subject of this meeting.

We are sure this first WHS Regional Meeting in Latin America will be of great significance to strengthen existing partnerships and will allow us to gather ideas for the benefit of health worldwide. 

With kindest regards,

Prof. José Otávio Costa Auler Júnior
Chair, World Health Summit 2014
University of São Paulo Medical School

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Latin America
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The program will be organized along five tracks:

  1. Healthy Life Expectancy
  2. Urban Health / Health in Megacities
  3. Increased Research Capacity to Incorporate Technologies
  4. Management of Health Systems to Ensure Universal Coverage
  5. Health Education

Simultaneous translations will be provided for all sessions (English - Portuguese.)

1. Healthy Life Expectancy

Health in Latin American countries has improved significantly in recent years with observed increases in life expectancy. Although there have been considerable progresses in infant mortality, infectious and others diseases associated with poverty, they are still important public health issues, that are now accompanied by the growing burden of chronic diseases. To ensure that people have the possibility not only to survive and live longer lives but also to stay healthy,); it is necessary: a. maintain improving survival (reduce child and maternal mortality); b. reduce burden of disease (AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, etc plus NCD. c. lower levels of risk factors (smoking, access to water and sanitation etc). Concerted strategies targeting these goals and the huge social inequalities present in the Region will bring a better health for the population.


  1. Neuropsychiatric Disorders
    (USP Psychiatry Institute/Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  2. Cardiovascular Diseases
    (USP Heart Institute/ Secretary of Health)
  3. Cancer
    (USP Cancer Institute/ Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  4. Overweight/Diabetes – The Obesity Epidemic: Targeting the Causes
  5. Chronic Respiratory Disease
    (USP Heart Institute/ Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  6. Neglected Diseases
    (Ministry of Health/ Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  7. Emerging Infectious Diseases
    (Ministry of Health/ Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  8. Excessive Use of Alcohol
    (USP Psychiatry Institute/Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  9. Early Child Development
    (Maria Cecília Vidigal Foundation)
  10. Blindness
  11. Primary Immunodeficiencies (PIDs): Incorporation of New Technologies for Diagnosis and Treatment in Latin America

2. Urban Health / Health in Megacities

Urbanization is one of the most important global phenomena of this century, with significant impacts on health. Brazil and Latin America constitute one of the most urbanized regions in the world with approximately 80% of the population residing in urban areas. The region has 33 cities with more than two million inhabitants, of which four, Mexico City, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, are among the 20 largest cities in the world. Rapid urbanization, with few regulatory and control mechanisms, brought huge impacts on population health. Problems such as inadequate sanitation, poor housing conditions, physical and chemical pollution of air, water and land, violence and drug use are present in major cities. These challenges call for approaches that address the social, cultural, economic, environmental and political determinants of health in order to transition to quality of life, equity and sustainability.


  1. Metrics for Measuring Urban Health Inequalities
    (USP Public Health School/Johns Hopkins)
  2. Successful Case Studies in Urban Intervention for Health Promotion
    (Public Health Schools/ Johns Hopkins - USA)
  3. Pollution/Respiratory Diseases
  4. Drugs – Crack
    (USP Psychiatry Institute/Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  5. Mental Health (Depression, Suicides, etc.)
    (USP Psychiatry Institute/Secretary of Health – São Paulo)
  6. Violence and Health in the Urban Space

3. Increased Research Capacity to Incorporate Technologies

Population aging is accelerated and thus increases the demand for health services more sophisticated and expensive. To address the demographic and epidemiological changes that have been observed in Latin America it is necessary to have mechanisms to facilitate the incorporation of scientific knowledge in the formulation of public policies, particularly in meeting the priorities, needs and demands of the population. The role of basic science in health and industrial complex in the technological innovation should be encouraged to meet these priorities, combined with the production of knowledge and the development of technologies provided by academic institutes in the field of drugs / medicines, vaccines, diagnostic reagents, equipment, and blood products.


  1. Innovation for Health System: Cause of Success in Latin America
    (Interfarma/Ministry of Health/ABRASCO)
  2. Assessment and Financing to Incorporate New Technologies for Health in Latin America
    (Interfarma/Ministry of Health/ABRASCO)
  3. Clinical Trials in Latin America: Challenges and Perspectives
    (Interfarma/Ministry of Health/ABRASCO)
  4. Capacity Building in Low- and Middle Income Countries
    (IAMP – Academies)
  5. Challenges in Biomedical Informatics to the Next Decade
    (Brazilian Society of Health Informatics)
  6. Incorporation of New Vaccines in the Health System
  7. Transplants

4. Management of Health Systems to Ensure Universal Coverage

The organization of health services in Latin America has experienced significant changes imposed by new epidemiological realities associated with social demands and political-economic conjuncture. Brazil presents particularities in this field, while providing a system, the National Health System, which given its universal character faces challenges to ensure quality of services and meet the demands of the population. Among the mechanisms used to strengthening the health systems are the public-private partnerships, seeking to enhance government capacity with private sector activity, further enhancing the supplemental character of the latter and ensuring universal coverage. This and other initiatives aim to ensure universal provision of good quality services.


  1. WORKSHOP  - Universal Health Coverage: Building Universal and Equitable Health Systems
  2. Financing a Universal Health System: The Public-Private Mix
    (Interfarma/Ministry of Health/ABRASCO)
  3. Health Systems Organization: Towards Equity
    (Interfarma/Ministry of Health/ABRASCO)
  4. Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
    (Interfarma/Ministry of Health/ABRASCO)
  5. Health Systems and Universal health Coverage: Global Lessons from E7
  6. Innovations in Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Infectious diseases

5. Health Education

Training of human resources in the medical field involves combining technical expertise with ethical, humanistic and social responsibility. However, the contents and the teaching model need to evolve over time, to account for the emerging challenges to health systems such as technological innovation, epidemiological and demographic transitions, the diversification of areas of medical knowledge, as well as the speed with which knowledge is produced and, in some cases, transformed into new technologies. This requires adaptation of health education and research to meet local priorities and a redefinition of the pedagogical model used in the training of medical students, encouraging undergraduate research activities, use of information technology, diversification of learning scenarios, recovery of humanization in the practice of clinical care, a competency-driven approach to curriculum and team-based learning, inter and transprofessional education among others.


  1. Young Physician Leaders in Latin America
  2. TIC and Health Education
  3. New Voices in Global Health 2014 – Lancet
  4. Academic Health Centers Engaging the Community

Satellite Meetings

Medical Schools involved in Basic Medical Education

Host: University of São Paulo Medical School - FMUSP
Monash University, Australia
Date: Friday, April 4, 2014, 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Location: Medical School – Amphitheater: Parasitologia
Speakers: M8 Alliance and Medical School - FMUSP

The M8 Alliance of leading Medical Universities, Medical Academies and Academic Health Science Centres includes a number of universities that are prominent in the training of doctors for beginning practice. These are: Sorbonne Paris Cite, Charite, National University of Singapore, Peking Union Medical College, Imperial College London, University of Montreal, Makerere University and Monash.

The objective is to take advantage of the potential benefits provided by the Alliance to share our experiences in medical education and explore potential collaborations around best practice and areas of need.

This workshop is designed for deans and Medical Education leads in your faculty.

Workshop with Deans of Public Health Schools of Latin America and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Host: University of São Paulo School of Public Health - FSPUSP
Co-Host: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Date: Saurday, April 5, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Location: School of Public Health, Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 715, 1st floor
Speakers: Deans of Public Health Schools

The Public Health Schools represent a number of universities that are prominent in the training of public health professionals in their countries: Costa Rica, Colombia, México, Chile, Peru, Brazil and United States.

The objective is to take advantage of the potential benefits provided by the Alliance to share our experiences in Public Health research and explore potential collaborations around joint research and areas of need.

This workshop is designed for deans and investigators in different fields of Public Health, from schools and universities of Latin American countries, from the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, and from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Selected Speakers

Date: February 2014

The WHS Regional Meeting - Latin America brings together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry as well as from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and health care systems worldwide.

Among the confirmed participants are:

Guilherme Borges
National Institute of Psychiatry, Mexico

Francisco Inácio Bastos
Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz)

Rogelio Pérez-Padilla

National Institute of Respiratory Diseases

Nila Heredia

Minister of Health and Sports, Bolivia

Bruce B. Duncan
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Gary H. Gibbons
National Institutes of Health

Alberto Concha-Eastman

Pan American Health Organization / WHO

Álvaro A. Cruz
Federal University of Bahia

Heimar de Fátima Marin
Federal University of São Paulo

Laura Andrade
University of São Paulo

Sandra Scivoletto
University of São Paulo

Wagner Gattaz
University of São Paulo

Jorge Andrade Pinto
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Sarita Verma
University of Toronto

Clarice Alegre Petramale
Ministry of Health, Brazil

Robert Sebbag

Jorge Kalil
University of São Paulo

José Fernando Perez
Recepta Biopharma

Alexandro Saco
Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública

Evgeny Sidorenko
Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University

Kendall Ho
University of British Columbia

Valter Duro Garcia
Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital

Rafael Stelmach
University of São Paulo

João Bosco Oliveira

Nelson Gouveia
University of São Paulo

Remo Susanna Jr.
University of São Paulo

Eduardo Moacyr Krieger
University of São Paulo

Aldaiza Sposati

Meeting Venue

Main Entrance (4th floor)
Dr. Enéas de Carvalho Aguiar Avenue, 23
05403-912 - São Paulo

Area map

Rebouças Avenue, 600 - Cerqueira César
05402-000 - São Paulo


University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP)

Founded in 1912, the USP Medical School develops activities characterized by a combination of education, research and health care. FMUSP offers undergraduate courses in Medicine, Physical Therapy, Speech and Occupational Therapy, besides post–graduation courses and residency programs in Primary Care.

All the activities are held at the University Hospital (HU) and at the largest hospital in Latin America - Hospital das Clínicas - FMUSPHC.

The School has 359 Professors, 1,382 undergraduate students, 1,337 medical residents in all specialties and 2,047 graduate students. Currently FMUSP holds 14% of the scientific production in Medical Sciences, 4% of the Brazilian scientific production in all areas, 200 research cores and 62 Clinical Investigation Laboratories (LIMs).

Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 455
Cerqueira César
CEP: 01246903 - São Paulo


About the Host City – São Paulo

Founded in 1554 and located in southeastern Region of Brazil, São Paulo is the largest city in the country, with 11.8 million of inhabitants, and one of the most cosmopolitan capitals in the world.  It is also the main financial, corporate and mercantile center of South America - the scene of major negotiations, corporate events and solidified close professional relations between multinationals.

São Paulo welcomes several nationalities, cultures, beliefs and ideals. With these heterogeneous and dynamical characteristics, it annually hosts around 13 million visitors who come to the city to explore São Paulo’s culture centers, gastronomic routes and touristic attractions, such as Museu da Língua Portuguesa (Museum of the Portuguese Language), Museu de Arte de São Paulo – MASP (Art Museum of São Paulo), Parque Ibirapuera (Ibirapuera Park) and Avenida Paulista (Paulista Avenue), among others.

General Information

  • Foundation: January 25th 1554
  • Location: southeastern Region of Brazil
  • Metropolitan population: 18 million of inhabitants
  • Municipal population: 11,8 million of inhabitants
  • Area: 1.530 sqm
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Telephone codes: Brazil (55) and São Paulo (11)
  • Altitude: 750 meters from sea level
  • Relative air humidity: 78% (annual average)
  • Climate: Temperate Tropical
  • Predominant religion: Catholicism
  • Currency: Real (R$)
  • Time Zone: GMT - 3 hours