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The M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies is a collaboration of academic institutions of educational and research excellence committed to improving global health, working with political and economic decision-makers to develop science-based solutions to health challenges worldwide.

The M8 Alliance’s vision is to harness academic excellence to improve global health, and the M8 members work together with leaders from academia, politics, civil society, and industry. The purpose is to discuss issues of current medical research, innovation and health systems development in order to find solutions for today’s global health challenges.

NUS has played a crucial part in the World Health Summit since its first meeting in 2009, helping to establish it as one of the world’s foremost gatherings to find solutions for global health challenges. Professor John Eu-Li Wong, NUS Senior Vice President (Health Affairs), served as the President of the WHS in 2013. Singapore hosted the first World Health Summit (WHS), Regional Meeting – Asia, Singapore 2013 (WHSRMA). Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the Guest-of-Honour. The meeting gathered over 900 healthcare and policy leaders and delegates from 46 countries in academia, politics, industry, civil society and media to share their expertise on solutions for global health challenges. NUS Medicine has ongoing contributions to the Medical Education Committee, and will be co-hosting two workshops on Medical Education and Patient Safety at the World Health Summit 2016 in Berlin.

World Health Summit 2016
Science - Innovation - Policies

09 - 11 October, 2016
Berlin, Germany

Medical Education

Global Health Curriculum - Student-Led Initiatives
October 9, 2016, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 
Workshop (WS 01) - Workshop Room 2 (Brandt) 

There is a growing recognition that the modern healthcare professional, irrespective of their background and practice intentions, needs to have specified competence in Global Health. This session will outline what learning we can obtain by looking at the achievements of our students in developing their own Global Health curricula. In addition, updates and perspectives in the development of methods for the delivery of Global Health curricula will be discussed. 

Patient Safety

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections
October 9, 2016, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
Workshop (WS 10) - Workshop Room 4 (Stresemann) 

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are a natural phenomenon occuring by way of institutionalising vulnerable patients. A number of pathogens, particularly multi-drug resistant organisms, are well adapted to healthcare settings, surviving in the environment and transmitting often via the hands of our staff. The prevention of HAIs is the single largest challenge compromising patient safety and requires an organisational structure from senior government leaders to staff at the bedside. This session will describe the scale of this problem, the necessary commitment and leadership for an adequate response, and the flow on effects of that leadership to the bedside.


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