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Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years

A doctor consults with patients. (Photo credit: Jonas Bendiksen)
Photo credit: Jonas Bendiksen

In January 2013, the Foundation and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) held in Beijing China, a Global Health Summit: Dreaming the Future of Health for the Next 100 Years. The two hosts each brought a one hundred year track record in public health.

The Summit gathered 112 prominent leaders from government, international organizations, academia, civil society and business and from numerous disciplines to discuss the question:

“How will we enable the growth and development of healthy societies over the next 100 years?”

As Foundation President Judith Rodin and Minister of Health Chen Zhu, China recalled in the opening of the Summit, big dreams are at the center of significant change, such as 20th century improvements in sanitation, or 21st century resolutions on universal health coverage.

The white paper presents the key trends, debates and ideas that were raised in and after the Summit. Through this, it envisages the multiple potential futures that may emerge from these trends, the choices that determine them, and where we could act, even now, to shape futures of sustained health.

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