Uppsala Health Summit

The key to solutions is dialogue

Uppsala Health Summit is an annual meeting. Delegates engage in frank dialogue over challenges and possibilities for improving health and health outcomes globally.

Each Year a New Theme

Each summit focuses on a challenge for health and healthcare, where we know that solutions exist, but there are hurdles to implementation. The reasons may be financial, political or ethical. New thinking is needed. Uppsala Health Summit stimulates dialogue from various perspectives, such as medical, economic and ethical.

Uppsala Health Summit 2017The theme of the 2017 summit was emerging infectious diseases and how to best tackle the threats using a One Health Approach; one that recognises the inextricable link between animal, environment and human health, and the need for different sectors to work together to reduce the risks. 180 delegates from 49 countries got together in workshops, in plenum sessions and over cups of coffee at networking opportunities, and shared different perspectives on how to address the threats of infectious disease, emerging and endemic, using One Health as a strategic operational platform.

Here is an account from one of the workshops, on how to change behaviour and reduce the risk of transmission between livestock and humans, courtesy of Peter Ballantyne of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). More conclusions from workshop will follow in the post-conference report which Uppsala Health Summit´s Programme Committee produces after each summit. This year´s report will be avaible by the end of the year.

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Intense dialogue on ending childhood obesity.

At Uppsala Health Summit 2016, we convened in dialogue over the role of different stakeholders in tackling the growing obesity trend among children. The conclusions from the meeting was shared with the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, and the open consultation process on approaches and combinations of interventions likely to be most effective in tackling childhood obesity in different contexts around the world.

In June 2015 the Summit focused on antibiotic resistance, developing proposals for how to implement the WHO Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance, "A world without antibiotics".

Our inaugural summit took place 3–4 June 2014, with focus on how we can meet the challenges of an ageing population, "Healthcare for Healthy Ageing".


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