World Health Summit in Berlin
Berlin - The World Health Summit is underway for its second visit to Berlin. The international conference is organised by the M8 Alliance of leading Academic Health Centers and Medical Universities and will go on until October 13th. 700 healthcare experts convene on the campus of the university clinic Charite to discuss strategies for overcoming the world's 21st-century healthcare challenges. None of the grand issues of global healthcare will be spared: the health impact of climate change, healthcare delivery in fast-growing megacities, the increase in chronic diseases, and the effects of financial stability. A particular focus area this year will be healthcare and medical research in African countries. Political attention is high - German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, held the welcome addresses on Sunday. The World Health Summit is a explicitly political event. Two millennium goals and the sluggish progress in tackling them find themselves in the limelight - reducing child mortality and improving healthcare.