World Health Summit, 2022

1st - 7th August, 2022

Theme: Making the Choice for Health

The World Health Summit 2022 – co-organised by the World Health Summit and World Health Organization (WHO) will take place between 16th and 18th October 2022 in Berlin, Germany. The Summit seeks to engage global health leaders and stakeholders from all sectors across the world to stimulate innovative approaches to health challenges worldwide, reaffirm the position of global health as a key political issue, foster health and well-being of all, and strengthen the international exchange of information.


The Summit’s topics of focus:

  • Investment for Health and Well-Being
  • Climate Change and Planetary Health
  • Architecture for Pandemic Preparedness
  • Digital Transformation for Health
  • Food Systems and Health
  • Health Systems Resilience and Equity
  • Global Health for Peace
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Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter (WHO). #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250 000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress (WHO). #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

The direct damage costs of climate change to health (i.e. excluding costs in health-determining sectors such as agriculture and water and sanitation), is estimated to be between US$ 2-4 billion/year by 2030 (WHO). #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Areas with weak health infrastructure – mostly in low and middle income countries, have the least ability to cope without assistance to prepare and adequately respond to the effects of climate change. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Reducing air pollution through better transport, food and energy-use choices can result in improved health. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Human activities are the biggest contributors to climate change which in turn has serious implications to public health. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Extreme weather events, variable climates that affect food and water supplies, ecosystem changes are all associated with global warming and pose health risks (WHO). #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Without proper mitigation and adaptation measures, climate change will continue to adversely affect various social and environmental determinants of health such as water, air and food. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Climate change contributes to high temperatures that raise pollen and other aeroallergen levels that can trigger asthma, which affects around 300 million people. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

To continue improving human health and well-being now and in the future, we must broaden our view of progress to account for the critical role of Earth’s natural systems, which provide us with sustenance, shelter, and energy. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Pollution from landscape fires and the combustion of fossil and solid fuels results in respiratory diseases and millions of deaths, mostly among young children. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Extreme weather events related to global environmental change are a significant cause of illness and death. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

We call on governments to enact evidence-based policies that promote human health and prosperity while preserving the environment that allows humanity to thrive. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

We urge the Civil society organizations to develop a broad public movement for social change by pressuring decision makers/duty bearers to implement needed policies and sustainable practices that promote human health. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Architecture for Pandemic Preparedness

We call on all stakeholders to base future pandemic preparedness and response efforts on a human rights-based approach. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

We encourage political leadership to strengthen health systems to mitigate health emergencies through multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral engagements at all stages of policy development. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

We call on global health partners to practice a holistic definition of health equity and the right to health in future pandemic preparedness and response plans to guarantee equitable access to priority health products such as vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Absence of engagement from local communities and civil societies undermines equitable governance that represents all perspectives. The community voices play a critical role and must be included in any meaningful pandemic preparedness efforts. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Embrace equity, with no one left behind in pandemic preparedness efforts. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Equity is a major principle and a goal to protect the most vulnerable during pandemics. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

There is need to strengthen health systems in Africa to learn from public health emergencies, adapt, promote and protect population health while integrating a variety of actors and actions in a coordinated effort for positive health outcomes of communities. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

To build resilient and adaptable health workforce, we must improve their working conditions with fair remuneration, and offer opportunities for professional development and mental health support. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Women make up the majority of the health workforce in most countries, therefore, gender dynamics must be considered in building a resilient health workforce to pandemics. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

Community health workers are the bridge between communities and health systems, but are only 3% of the world’s health manpower. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

COVID-19 pandemic exposed the fragility of health systems in Africa hence the need to boost the resilience of these systems to respond to future pandemics disease outbreaks. #AmrefatWHS22 #WHS2022

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