Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Health at the Annual Meeting

Health featured prominently on the program of this year's WEF Annual Meeting. There were over 35 sessions on health in the official and the private program. The meeting started with US Vice-President Joe Biden's moonshot to combat cancer (video above) and later during the meeting the Forum launched health as its 10th Global Challenge. As the health team we had worked hard for the latter, so it was really great to see this become reality.

The new Global Challenge will on the one hand continue my work on how to keep people healthier for longer but also combine it with work on health security and how to handle and combat epidemics of infectious diseases. The idea behind the Global Challenge mirrors the insight from my work that these are issues that transcend healthcare and have to be addressed collaboratively across industry and sector boundaries.

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