Uppsala Health Summit

Tackling Infectious Disease Threats, 10 - 11 October 2017

 - Prevent, detect, respond with a One Health approach

Despite considerable advances in global health, infectious diseases continue to pose a major threat. Around 70 per cent of all new diseases are zoonotic. This calls for a framework that moves away from narrow vertical interventions towards one that brings together social, economic, eco-system expertise with human and veterinary health.  

Uppsala Health Summit will convene in dialogue on how to meet the threats of infectious diseases by applying an integrated One Health approach to global and local management.

The plenum program and workshops take place at Uppsala Castle 10 - 11 October. All delegates, speakers and organizers are cordially invited to a reception at Uppsala Art Museum the evening before, 9 October, when the museum is open exclusively to the Summit delegates.

Program 9 - 11 October 2017


Reception at Uppsala Art Museum, in Uppsala Castle, starting at 17h00. Meet and greet with delegates, speakers and organizers.

Tuesday 10 October
8:00 Registration opens
8:45 Opening of Uppsala Health Summit 2017

Emerging Infectious Disease Threat, their Global Drivers and One Health
Objective: To build an understanding of the intrinsic interdependencies between human, animal and environmental health, the nature of the drivers underlying the emergence of new disease threats, and the need for a One Health approach.


9:45 Discussion
10:00 Coffee break with speed-dating

Workshops in parallel

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Workshops continued
15:00 Coffee break with speed-dating

Prevent, Detect, Respond:  Experience of policy implementation
Objective: To learn from and discuss examples of interventions that address zoonotic disease threats, and incorporates the necessary social, economic and eco-system expertise.

  • Dr. Eric Fèvre, Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases, Institute of Infection and Global Health: One Health approaches to zoonotic disease research in Lake Victoria Basin in East Africa
  • Dr. Paul Richards, Emeritus Professor of Technology and Agrarian Development, University of Wageningen, author of “Ebola - How a People´s Science helped end an Epidemic"
  • Dr. Christianne Bruschke, Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands
  • Dr. Beth Ann Griswold Coller, Molecular Biologist, Executive Director, Global Clinical Development, Merck and Co.
16:45 Discussion
17:00 - 17:30 Conclusions from workshops presented to plenum
19:00 Dinner at one of Uppsala's traditional student clubs.

Wednesday 11 October
8:30 Welcome back

One Health and Governance
In this session a group of experienced policy advisors from international organizations will share their experiences and recommendations.

  • Dr. Pierre Formenty, Team Lead in Vulnerable Settings Unit, Infectious Hazard Management Department, WHO
  • Dr. Timothy Bouley, Global Health and Environmental Specialist, World Bank
  • Dr. Johanna Takkinen, Head of Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Programme, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC
  • Dr. Bassirou Bonfoh, Professor, Director, CSRS, ASPIRE-ONE Afrique Consortium

9:45 Discussion
10:00 Coffee break with speed-dating

Workshops in parallel

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Workshops continued
15:00 Coffee with speed-dating
15:30 Conclusions from Workshops presented in plenum

Implementing Lessons Learned - Future priorities

  • Dr. Hannah Akuffo, Senior Researcher Advisor and Programme Manager, Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA
  • Dr. Charlie Weller, Head of Vaccine Programme, Wellcome Trust
  • Dr. Jim Gallarda, Senior Program Officer - Diagnostics, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
17:00 Discussion
17:15 Concluding remarks by Programme Committee Chair, Professor Marianne Elvander, National Veterinary Institute
18:00 End of Uppsala Health Summit 2017