IHP news 243 – Global health in Berlin, Dakar and many other places around the world

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International health policies (IHP) blog is an initiative of the ‘Health Policy unit’ at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM), and fits in the wider project of “Strategic Network on International Health Policies.” It is in line with the ITM objective of “Switching the Poles,” aiming to increase the influence of the Global South on the global health debate.

Dear Colleagues, After some extensive coverage of the US over the past weeks, Edward Snowden shifts our focus to Germany with Angela Merkel’s call to Obama to demand clarifications over reports that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been monitoring her mobile phone. There, right at the heart of the German Foreign Office in Berlin, we closely followed the Fifth World Health Summit 2013 hosted by the M8 Alliance. The annual ‘Davos for health’ allowed policymakers, academia, civil society and private sector to discuss about health at the highest level. The event focused on four main topics: Research and Innovation, Education and Leadership, Evidence to Policy and Global Health for Development. Perhaps best expressed by Michael Marmot’s plea for having ‘economics debated as if people matter’, there seemed to be an overall consensus that action for global health is an essential precondition for human development, individually and collectively

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IHP news 243 – Global health in Berlin, Dakar and many other places around the world