Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Pacific Health Summit?

The Pacific Health Summit is a process run by The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), which launched in 2005 with the goal of connecting science, industry, and policy to foster substantive cross-sector communication and collaboration between the world’s leaders in global health. The Summit is widely recognized as a year-round forum for global health problem-solving, through which leader share best practices and forge effective collaborations. Having addressed diverse topics such as affordability and technologies for health, vaccines, maternal and newborn health, multidrug-resistance tuberculosis, malnutrition, and pandemic influenza, the Summit has a track record of catalyzing innovative and meaningful action.

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How does the Summit work to encourage partnership and collaboration?

The Pacific Health Summit encourages individuals and organizations to partner across sectors by organizing targeted workshops, briefing, meetings and facilitating connections between potential partners. Since 2010, each year the Summit Secretariat has assembled a collection of specific proposals for cross-sector partnership. These ‘Calls for Collaboration’ offer specific avenues of entry into targeted fields and clear contact points for immediate action.

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How is the Pacific Health Summit funded?

The Summit welcomes support from private sector partners, as well as foundations and government institutions. In addition to Summit sponsors, every year the Summit Secretariat also invites a small number of partners to become "Summit Supporting Organizations." While Supporting Organizations do not necessarily provide financial sponsorship, they make essential contributions to the Summit through leadership, advice on our program and speakers, and in some cases, direct travel support to developing country participants so that they may attend meetings and workshops.

For more information on past Summit sponsors, and supporting organizations, please visit the Sponsors and Support Organizations page.

Who does the Pacific Health Summit engage with?

The Summit engages with leaders from science, industry, civil society, and policy.

For more information on past Summit sponsors, and supporting organizations, please visit the Sponsors and Support Organizations page.

Each year the Summit Secretariat carefully canvases the landscape for leaders who have a unique approach, offer a new voice, and have the ability to reach across sectors. One of our guiding principles is the belief that the business sector has a role to play in discussions and activities that will transform global health. To that end, we engage with many partners and companies from the private sector.

While we aim for broad geographical, racial, gender, and sectoral representation, our primary focus is on identifying individuals who have the motivation, energy, and resources to make a real impact. We also welcome “movers and shakers” who are not traditionally featured at other events in order to bring new ideas to the table. Institutional affiliations are important, but we believe that it is the personal interactions among global leaders that will lead to durable and significant collaborations between countries, sectors, and organizations.

Please visit our participation page for past participants and demographics represented at the Summit.

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Media Access and Policy

Can media participate in the Summit?

In keeping with the Summit’s goal to foster cross-sector dialogue and collaboration, the Pacific Health Summit invites a group of international thought-leaders from the media participating as Summit stakeholders, media participants are engaged in the event alongside all Summit stakeholders from science, industry, policy, and other sectors. Media participants have access to all Summit sessions and related events, and actively engage in all Summit discussions.

What are the Summit’s media reporting guidelines and policy?

The Pacific Health Summit media policy is based on a modified Chatham House Rule approach: Sessions are on a background-basis. Journalists are free to characterize the content of the discussions and to use those discussions to inform their reporting. Sources may be quoted, however permission must first be requested and obtained from participants for any attribution for paraphrasing or direct quotations. All Summit participants are required to adhere strictly to the Summit media policy when writing, blogging, or tweeting at the Summit and Summit-related events.

Are there announcements and press briefings at the Summit?

The Summit also offers a platform for announcements, where recent scientific developments, or new alliances and innovative partnerships can be shared with attendees. Soft announcements made at the Summit are also an effective option to build media interest.

Should a number of participating organizations want to align a public or private announcement and/or have significant relevant news to share with peers and journalists, the Summit Secretariat will work with respective media teams and participants to facilitate on-site press briefings and interviews.

Press briefings are scheduled in response to the number of significant, timely, and newsworthy announcements planned, and according to participant and media response. At past Summits, participating organizations have opted for a “soft launch” approach, sharing key developments with the multi-sector leaders in the room, to build greater momentum for subsequent media outreach and coverage.

What are examples of media coverage of Summit themes?

In inviting members of the press, the Summit goal is to highlight key topics and issues pertaining to each year’s theme, rather than promote coverage of the event itself.

Examples of Summit theme press coverage include:

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