A World Health Summit Satellite Symposium, Responsive and Resilient Health Systems to Meet Emerging Challenges, convened at Fukushima Medical University on April 17, 2015, calling for implementation of substantial changes in world health systems. On behalf of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies, a statement was released on April 22, 2015.
M8 Statement is here.
In particular, “responsiveness” and “resilience” will be emphasized as critical attributes of a health system facing multiple challenges, including natural disasters, emerging infections, economic crises, and rapid aging. Several hundred students, faculty and local leaders attended this satellite symposium at FMU. The focus on Fukushima stems from what is called the 2011 “triple disaster” in Fukushima: our earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing nuclear reactor crisis.
Three main topics permeated the presentations:
(1) Challenges in a rapidly aging society,
(2) Preparedness for and resilience after disasters
(3) Fostering new leadership in the global health community.
The World Health Summit is the annual conference of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies.Through the Inter Academy Medical Panel (IAMP), it is organized in collaboration with national academies of science in more than 67 countries.
The vision behind the World Health Summit (WHS) is to improve health all over the planet, catalyzing that process through collaboration and open dialogue, and steering tomorrow’s agenda to improve research, education, health care and policy outcomes.
The WHS mission is to bring together researchers, physicians, key government officials and representatives from industry – as well as from NGOs and healthcare systems all over the world – to address the most pressing issues facing every facet of healthcare and medicine in the upcoming decade and beyond.