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Rethinking Healthcare: Innovation to Achieve Access to Health


T.H. Jose W. Fernandez, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Bernd Montag, CEO, Siemens Healthineers
Amb. John Nkengasong, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State


With lead Programming sponsor

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“The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the importance of resilient global health networks, revealing inequities within our health systems.” 

– T.H. Jose W. Fernandez

“We have to think globally, implement regionally, and act nationally.” 

– Amb. John Nkengasong

“We will see non-communicable diseases become more and more important in the future.”

– Dr. Bernd Montag

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic served as a stark reminder of the vital role played by interconnected global health networks. These networks facilitate the rapid exchange of information, resources, and expertise across borders, enabling a more effective response to health crises. 
  • The pandemic revealed glaring inequalities within health systems, both domestically and internationally. 
  • The pandemic underscored the fact that addressing global health threats requires a unified, collective effort. No single country or entity can effectively combat a pandemic in isolation. Governments, international organizations, and the private sector must collaborate closely to strengthen preparedness and response mechanisms. This includes sharing critical data, coordinating efforts, and mobilizing resources to prevent and mitigate future pandemics. 
  • It is crucial to reflect on the lessons learned from past pandemics. This involves a careful analysis of previous experiences and responses to identify areas for improvement and the development of more effective strategies for future health crises. 
  • Building regional resilience is a key component of global health security. Regional cooperation allows countries to pool resources, share best practices, and respond collectively to health threats.