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. 75 % 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 adopting an integrated One Health approach to global and local management.

Plenum program 10 - 11 October 2017

Tuesday 10 October
8:00 Registration opens
9:00 Opening of Uppsala Health Summit 2017

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

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Dr. Peter Daszak, Director, Eco Health Alliance on how ecology and human behaviour drive emerging diseases.

Dr. Maria K. Lapinski, Professor, Department of Communication and Michigan AgBio Research, Michigan State University, on the role of Social Sciences in One Health.

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 experiences of implementing research and innovations that bridge human and animal health and incorporates social, economic,and ecosystem perspectives.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr. Eric Fèvre,Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases, Institute of Infection and Global Health, will share experience from field work with zoonotic disease management.
  • Dr. Beth Ann Griswold Coller, Molecular Biologist, Executive Director, Global Clinical Development, Merck and Co. will share experiences from the development of the Ebola vaccine.
  • Dr. Paul Richards, Emeritus Professor of technology and agrarian development, University of Wageningen, author of “Ebola”, will share his experiences from the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
17:00 - 17:30 Conclusions from workshops presented to plenum
19:00 Dinner at one of Uppsala's traditional student clubs.

Wednesday 11 October
8:45 Welcome back

One Health and Governance
This session will assemble a panel of experienced policy makers and policy implementers in a discussion on good governance and One Health and how to support countries in their efforts to apply a One Health Frameworks.

The panel discussion will be led by Dr. Hannah Akuffo, Director at the Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr. Pierre Formenty, DVM, Team Lead in Vulnerable Settings Unit, Infectious Hazard Management Department, WHO
  • Johanna Takkinen, DVM, Head of Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Programme, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC

10:00 Coffee break with speed-dating

Workshops in parallel

12:00 Lunch
13:00 Workshops continued
15:00 Coffee with speed-dating
15:45 A Perspective from Humanities on Infectious Disease Threats
16:00 Conclusions from Workshops presented to Plenum

Implementing Lessons Learned - Ways forward
Reflections on future priorities considering the conclusions brought forward during the Summit. A discussion between invited representatives from funding and research agencies, and with the Summit delegates.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Bassirou Bonfoh, DVM, Director of Centre Suisse Recherches Scientifiques, and Director of the ASPIRE-ONE Afrique Consortium

17:30 Concluding remarks by Programme Committee Chair, Professor Marianne Elvander, DVM, National Veterinary Institute
18:00 End of Uppsala Health Summit 2017