WHS 2013: Economics should be debated as if people mattered

Adrian Thomas (CEO Vice President Global Market Access & Global Public Health, Janssen) observed that major players in the global pharmacy industry were exiting the generic drug space due to lack of margins and profitability. This was interpreted as potentially reducing the ability of industry players to improve health in developing nations.

‘Global Health for Development’ is the focus of day two of the World Health Summit 2013 with sessions to include “Healthy Food, Healthy Environment, Healthy People” and “Health Gains from Sustainable Development”. Prominent speakers in today’s program will be Sherry Hanny Ayitey (Minister of Health, Ghana), Hans Rudolf Herren (Right Livelihood Award Laureate 2013), and Carlos Dora (Coordinator, Public Health and the Environment Department, World Health Organization).

This theme expands upon concepts raised by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, during his plenary address in front of more than 500 delegates from all around the world during last night’s WHS Opening Ceremony in the Weltsaal of the Federal Foreign Ministry.

A sense of expectation permeates the Summit in the lead-up to day three, especially in anticipation of the release of the joint M8 Alliance Statement, providing direction in future advances in improving health worldwide.

World Health Summit 2013
Auswärtiges Amt Berlin
20. – 22. Oktober

Tobias Gerber

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