At the first World Health Summit, held in Berlin on October 16 through 18, at the Young Researchers Symposium at the #WHS2022. Dr. Peter Bell, M.D., AUA’s Provost and Vice President of Global Medical Education, proudly watched as two AUA students, Nana Konadu-Asare and Ashleigh Bates, presented their research on “Combating Childhood Obesity in Antigua.”

Dr. Bell is a board-certified Anesthesiologist, who has served in multiple medical education leadership roles at AUACOM since 2004. In addition to his academic leadership at AUA, Dr. Bell is well-recognized in the field of global health and has presented internationally on this and other topics pertaining to medical education and research.

The World Health Summit (WHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) joined forces to organize the world’s leading international, inclusive and inter-sectoral global health conference that will set the agenda for a healthier future. WHS 2022 is the first World Health Summit together with WHO.

Speakers and participants at the Summit included leading scientists and medical professionals, government ministers and civil servants, high ranking officials of international organizations, CEOs from industry and civil society and young professionals and students who, addressed the enormous challenges of global health. Among other well-known figures were:

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Sandra Gallina – Director-General, Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Olaf Scholz – Federal Chancellor, Germany
  • António Guterres – Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Bill Gates – Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
  • Jeremy Farrar – Director, Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom

The focus of the Summit was on “Making the Choice for Health” by reflecting on the most pressing topics, including:

  • 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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The World Health Summit is the unique international strategic forum for global health. Held annually in Berlin, it brings together stakeholders from politics, science, the private sector, and civil society from around the world to set the agenda for a healthier future by inspiring innovative solutions for better health and well-being for all.

The World Health Summit was founded in 2009 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The academic network of the World Health Summit is the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies, a growing alliance of currently 30 academic institutions from 20 countries.

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