February 18, 2016

Pre-Course 2016


This year, YES Meeting will dedicate the traditional Pre-Course day to Global Health. After starting this initiative in 2013, we felt the need to innovate and create something different for our participants. As so, in the 11th edition of our congress, you will have the opportunity to attend a full day of lectures and workshops centering in Global Health that we have prepared exclusively for you! This was accomplished in a joint effort with the World Health Organization (WHO), in the person of Dr. Mario Raviglione, Director of the Global Tuberculosis Programme at WHO since 2003.

By attending this event, you will have the lucky chance to contact with a medical reality that is underexplored in most medical faculties. Furthermore, you will develop skills in worldwide subjects that will complement your medical training. There will also be a very interesting round table with all the Global Health Day speakers, during which you are invited to raise questions about any specific subject you would like to further explore.

Check some of our confirmed speakers below and take a look at our Programme Outline for more information.

The Global Health Day will take place on the 15th September 2016, and will be held at the Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto. If you did not secure your vacancy on the 11th YES Meeting and intend to attend the Pre-Course, you can still do so by registering here!

Please check our Fees and Payment section for more information.

Pre-Course - Global Health Day



Jorge_SampaioDoctor Jorge Sampaio (Lisbon, Portugal)

Former President of the Portuguese Republic (1996 – 2006)

Dr. Jorge Sampaio has developed an important work regarding Global Health, in parallel to his political career.

In 2006, Dr. Sampaio was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as his first Special Envoy for the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis. The following year, current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon designated him as High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, a position he held till September 2012.

In 2013, he founded the Global Platform for Syrian Students, an initiative to provide emergency grants so that the Syrian students can continue their studies. Dr. Jorge Sampaio is also a member of Club de Madrid, an organization of more than 80 former democratic statesmen that works to strengthen democratic governance and leadership worldwide by drawing on the experience of its members.

In 2008, Dr. Jorge Sampaio was awarded the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe. Having launched an ambitious program to increase the visibility of the cause of Tuberculosis, he was awarded the 2015 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize by the United Nations.


Beat Stoll.Dr. Beat Stoll (Geneva, Switzerland)

Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva

After studying at the University of Basel, his hometown, Dr. Beat Stoll started his orientation towards Global Health with the diploma in agement in Tropical Countries at the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel and a 3 year stay in rural Cameroon, where he was Joint Chief Medical Officer of a faith-based hospital.Health Care and Man

Since then, his principal domain in Global Health is teaching and training. He is affiliated as a staff member of the Master in Advanced Studies of Public Health of the University of Geneva. He contributed at the medical faculty in Cameroon to the establishment of a teaching unit in community health, is a member of the committee for the HELP course at the International Committee of the Red Cross and is an active teacher and expert at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. Furthermore, he is building up training on medical imaging for staff working in underdeveloped countries.

Dr. Beat Stoll was engaged as a regular consultant at WHO in the domain of cholera prevention, worked in the area of tuberculosis and is currently the Head of Medical Cooperation with Cameroon where numerous projects are ongoing. Other research is related to medical communication in rural Mali, to mental health service implementation for teenage mothers in Cameroon and to the development of appropriate medical devices, such as digital x-ray and neonatal incubators.

Meet Dr. Beat Stoll at the Global Health Issues session and during the workshop on Mental Health!


Fernando Nobre

Professor Fernando Nobre (Lisbon, Portugal)

President and Founder of AMI

Born in Angola, Professor Fernando Nobre studied Medicine at the University of Brussels, where he obtained is MD and PhD degrees in General Surgery and Urology. He started his professional career at Brussels’ University Hospital, having teached Anatomy and Embryology. While in Belgium, where he worked and lived for approximately 20 years, the Professor was part of Doctors Without Borders from 1977 to 1983. In 1984, he founded the Non-Governmental Association AMI (International Medical Assistance Association), in Portugal. He has participated in humanitarian missions in over 180 countries.

In the year 2007, Professor Fernando Nobre received the Gold Medal for Human Rights presented by the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal, and in 2007 he was decorated with the French Insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honor. The Professor currently teaches at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon and takes part of the General Council of Lisbon University. He is President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Democracy Institute (IPD)  and belongs to CAVITOP (Portuguese Torture Victims Support Center).

Meet Professor Fernando Nobre at The WHO and Non-Governmental Organizations’ Functions session on the 15th of September!




Doctor Christopher Dye (Belfast, UK)

Director of Strategy in the Office of the Director General at the WHO

An ecologist by profession, Dr. Dye received his degree in Biology from the University of York and followed it with a PhD in Zoology at the University of Oxford, after which he developed an interest in the field of Infectious Diseases and worked within this area at both Imperial College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he started working with Public Health matters, namely zoonotic infections.

Dr. Dye has been a part of the World Health Organization since 1996, where he played a major part in spreading control of Tuberculosis and in defining strategy for controlling infections, such as the recent Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. Since 2014, Dr. Dye works as Director of Strategy in the Office of the Director General at the WHO, and will take some time off his very busy schedule to present a lecture subordinated to the theme “Global Health Issues”, where we will explore current challenges faced in this ever-growing field, as well as a workshop on “Global Health Career Opportunities”, where you will be able to learn for an expert what possible career paths are available for young physicians wanting to get involved with this very exciting field.

Meet Dr. Christopher Dye at the “Global Health Issues” session and during the workshop on “Global Health Career Opportunities”!