Global Health Literacy Summit- Extended Date for Abstract Submissions & Summit updates

The first Global Health Literacy Summit 2020
The Asian Health Literacy Association is excited to be a partner for the first Global Health Literacy Summit 2020 (GHLS 2020).
As regional members of the International Health Literacy Association, the GHLS 2020 will certainly make an impact in advancing health literacy innovation and discussion around the world. 
We call upon AHLA members and country offices to help us make this a successful event!
For those interested in partnering up to host a session for the Asia regions- please do not hesitate to contact us through the website, or our AHLA's Governance team. 


Due to the unfortunate outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the GHLS Secretariat has announced the deadline for submitting abstracts is extended until the 1st of May 2020 (GMT+8).

We will update the participants, exhibitors, and sponsors as soon as news becomes available. You can find more information about the Summit on the website: If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the GHLS 2020, please contact the GHLS Secretariat team at 
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Up-to-date WHO advice and facts can be found here:

There are many opportunities to showcase your organization through sponsorship and the exhibition hall!
See below for a summary of the GHLS 2020 planning:

Event:  Global Health Literacy Summit 2020
Date:  26-28th October, 2020 
Location:  Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Venue:  Kaohsiung Marriott Hotel 


About the Global Health Literacy Summit


The first Global Health Literacy Summit is the first largest and most diverse global gathering on health literacy. Organized by the International Health Literacy Association and hosted by the E-DA Healthcare Group|I-Shou University, the first Global Health Literacy Summit will be held in Kaohsiung on October 26-28th, 2020. The summit will bring together over 800 people from 80 countries to network and share ideas on how to advance health literacy. The theme of the Summit is “Health Literacy for All” highlighting its importance for equity and sustainable development.

Goals of the Global Health Literacy Summit


  1. Foster knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers regarding health literacy
  2. Promote evidence-based actions and practices in the area of ​​health literacy
  3. Promote health literacy to reduce inequality in health.

Features of the Summit



With over 800 leaders on the frontline of health, the Summit will be a great opportunity to network on a global and regional level.


Powerful Speakers

The Summit will feature leaders from civil society, the government, the corporate sector, academia, clinical practice and non-government organizations to present cutting-edge practices and visions for the future.


Great Content

The Summit agenda has been developed in consultation with health literacy champions all over the world to explore relevant issues and learn about best practices.   

Plenary Session topics: 
Plenary 1: Health Literacy and Sustainable Development Goals                                  
Plenary 2: Global and National Policies for Health Literacy                                   
Plenary 3: The Role of Health Literacy during a Pandemic: COVID-19                                  
Plenary 4: Digital Health Literacy and the Era of Artificial Intelligence                                   
Plenary 5: Health Literacy and Health Equity

New plenary session on health literacy and COVID-19:
We have also added a fifth plenary session focusing on health literacy during a pandemic: COVID-19 to discuss its role in policy-making;
public health campaigns; social distancing; and other measures taken to control the outbreak. 


Plenary Speakers: 

Andrew Pleasant, PhD (USA): Senior Advisor on Health Literacy Interventions, Research and Evaluations
Dr. Ying-Wei Wang (Taiwan): Director-General of Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare
Don Nutbeam (Australia): Professor of Public Health, University of Sydney
Gillian Rowlands (United Kingdom): Policy Lead, Health Literacy UK 
Prof. Richard Osborne (Australia): Professor – Deakin University

Dr. Yu-Chuang Jack Li (Taiwan): President-Elect, International Medical Informatics Assocation 
Caroline Mubaira (Zimbabwe): Deputy Team Leader, Crown Agents, Zimbabwe
Sir Michael Marmot (United Kingdom): Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health
Prof. Stephan Van den Broucke (Belgium): Vice-President of Scientific Affairs, International Union of Health Promotion and Education
Dr. Natasha Khurshid (Bangladesh): Managing Editor, National Bulletin of Public Health Bangladesh 
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