Inaugural Global Health Policy Summit organized by Imperial College, London


The inaugural Global Health Policy Summit took place at Guildhall Palace in the city of London, UK and brought together key decision-makers in healthcare from over 40 countries including ministers, senior government officials, academics and thinkers, as well as the most influential business leaders worldwide.

The Global Health Policy Summit was set up to address the common challenges of health policy and to develop innovative ways for delivering healthcare across the world. The Summit was conceived by the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and its mission is to foster and support a global community of health reformers. PMNCH partners were also involved in organizing the Summit, including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The Summit identified five key objectives, including to:

  • Address the global challenge of delivering high quality healthcare equitably and affordably;
  • Introduce innovative new solutions to tackle the most important problems in health policy and delivery;
  • Drawing on the best international evidence, provide policy-makers with recommendations that are practical and actionable;
  • Catalyse new collaborations between governments, business, non-profits and academia;
  • Create a lasting resource for health reformers worldwide.

The Institute of Global Health Innovation aims to improve people's wellbeing and reduce health inequalities in developed and developing countries. By harnessing Imperial’s inter-disciplinary and pioneering research strengths the Institute will work to overcome the greatest global health challenges. It has identified six themes to address this year: Non-communicable diseases; Ageing populations; Primary care; Maternal and child health; Innovative delivery models and digital and social media. Find the full Agenda for the Summit on the right.

Maternal Health Panel

Maternal health was one of the issues addressed at this year’s inaugural summit and included a high-level panel focused on maternal health. The panel session, chaired by Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, discussed how progress can be made.


  • Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein
  • Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Head of obstetrics and gynaecology, St George’s, University of London and President-elect of FIGO
  • Hon Haja Zainab Bangura, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
  • HE Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, India
  • Naveen Rao, M.D., Lead, Merck for Mothers
  • Dr Türkiz Gökgöl, Director of International Programs, The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation