World Health Summit 2013 carries forward central topics of the 66h World Health Assembly

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) kill more than 36 million people each year as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). The timeframe for the Millennium Development Goals will end in 2015 and has to be defined anew for the coming years. Economic crisis and austerity have caused immense challenges for health-systems. Realizing global health coverage for all is still a distant challenge. It is due time to discuss these issues and work on sustainable solutions at both academic and political levels.

The following pivotal topics will be discussed in-depth when about 1,000 high-ranking participants from academia, politics, the private sector and civil society gather in October 2013 in Berlin for the 5th World Health Summit:

• Universal Health Coverage: Role of Research and Private Sector
• Evidence to Policy
• Millennium Development Goals: Post 2015
• eHealth: Big Data / Social Media and Global Health

A lasting improvement of health worldwide can only be achieved if representatives from all health-related areas work together. Academia must take responsibility and offer reliable advice to politics and civil society. The World Health Summit accepts these duties and brings together international representatives from all involved sectors to work on innovative solutions.

The World Health Summit 2013 will take place under the high patronage of Chancellor Angela Merkel, President François Hollande, and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, from October 20 – 22, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.


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Tobias Gerber
Tel.: +49 30 450 572 114

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