Berlin, December 2013

Season's Greetings

After a successful year 2013, we would like to send you our warmest Season's Greetings! The strong support of our good friends, partners, and the M8 Alliance made the fifth World Health Summit the impressive event it was.

The year 2013 saw the inaugural WHS Regional Meeting, Asia - Singapore. This tradition will be continued with the WHS Regional Meeting, Latin America - São Paulo, held from April 6 - 8, 2014. Please find the referring details below.

But prior to focussing on this outlook, we hope that you will enjoy a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year's Eve.

All the best for 2014!

New Year's Eve at Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin | Scholvien

WHS 2013 Report

To wrap up the year 2013 and the fifth World Health Summit, a thorough report has been compiled, providing you with all the facts, figures, and outcomes of the meeting.

To read the M8 Statements, to learn about the WHS 2013 contents and feedback on the event, or to find out more about the WHS background, please follow this link and download the WHS 2013 Report:

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Welcome Messages Available:
WHS Regional Meeting, Latin America - São Paulo

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, World Health Summit 2014
University of São 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 of these areas. Despite the significant improvement in our region, we need to debate the current challenges and find solutions to ensure the population welfare.

One of our goals aims at discussing ways to increase the 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 point to focus on during this Meeting is the impact of urbanization on people’s lives. It is fundamental to create polices that will be able to minimize urban problems, such as inadequate sanitation, poor housing conditions, water and air pollution, violence and drug use.

The discussion among the key players in health on how to increase the research capacity in Latin America to incorporate technologies will be of great importance. Also, initiatives to ensure universal coverage and services of good quality will be discussed during the symposia and special lectures. Health education for training human resources with technical expertise, ethical, humanistic and social responsibility will be a relevant subject of our meeting.

I am sure that this first Regional Meeting in Latin America will be very significant to strengthen our partnership and will allow us to gather ideas for the benefit of global health.

With kindest regards,

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

Program Details

1. Healthy Life Expectancy

a) Maintain improving survival (reduce child and maternal mortality)
b) Reduce the burden of disease (AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, etc. plus NCDs)
c) Lower the 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 better health for the population.

2. Urban Health / Health in Megacities

Inadequate sanitation, poor housing conditions, physical and chemical pollution of air, water and land, violence and drug use are problematic in major cities. These challenges call for approaches that address the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and political determinants of health in order to translate to a better quality of life, equity, and sustainability.

3. Increased Research Capacity to Incorporate Technologies

Technological innovation should be encouraged to meet priorities: It should be 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.

4. Management of Health Systems to Ensure Universal Coverage

Among the mechanisms used to strengthen the health systems are public-private partnerships, enhancing government capacity with private sector activity, further enhancing the supplemental character of the latter, and ensuring universal coverage.

5. Health Education

Teaching models need to evolve to account for the emerging challenges to health systems such as technological innovation, epidemiological and demographical transitions, and the diversification of medical knowledge.

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