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World Health Summit 2012

Published to coincide with the World Health Summit 2012, held in Berlin from 21-24 October, this timely and thought-provoking book explores the new dynamics of health, highlighting issues from the rise of non-communicable diseases to strategies aimed at ensuring universal coverage of healthcare.
 
This year’s World Health Summit takes the theme of “Research for Health and Sustainable Development”. With longer life expectancy and unhealthy lifestyles having brought about a predominance of non-communicable diseases in both developed and developing countries, there are serious consequences for spending on health and social services amid continued economic difficulties around the world.
 
Complementing the deliberations of the World Health Summit, the publication seeks to bring new insights to the ongoing policy debates occurring within all aspects of world health. Key issues reflected in the Summit’s agenda and explored in the book include the importance of sustainable development and international cooperation in shaping the future of healthcare systems, and how well-funded research and development will assist in tackling both current and predicted challenges. 
 
The publication features welcome messages from German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande, joint patrons of World Health Summit 2012, alongside perspectives from contributors including: Detlev Ganten, Founding President of the World Health Summit;  Michael J Klag, Dean, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Daniel Bahr, Federal Minister of Health, Germany; and Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.