Doha, Qatar, 13 September, 2022 – The upcoming global gathering of the World Innovation Summit for Health on October 4 – 6 is taking place in the immediate run up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, and will include a major focus on exploring the potential health legacy of the tournament. Other key areas of focus are post COVID-19 legacy, disability and accessibility, and wellbeing.
The sixth edition of the biennially held summit that has become a major fixture in the global healthcare calendar over the past decade, WISH Summit is known for shining a spotlight on issues such as antimicrobial resistance and healthcare in conflict zones. This year’s summit will tackle a diverse yet timely and critical set of topics at dedicated sessions that include:
- Building health system resilience: lessons from COVID-19
- Mental health of health and care workers
- Vaccine and pharmaceutical innovation
- Islamic ethics and the healthcare of children in the age of genetics
- Mental health and sports
- Climate change, food security and health
- Patient empowerment through patient-focused digital tools
- Future Hospitals; COVID-19 legacy
- Healthcare waste management and sustainability
Each panel discussion is underpinned by an evidence-based policy report drafted ahead of the summit by industry experts that offers concrete policy recommendations for governments, aimed at making healthcare more accessible, equitable and affordable.
Three additional sessions will explore healthcare in the context of this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, with these sessions also based around newly published reports specially commissioned for WISH 2022.
A commitment to sustainability and inclusivity underpins WISH 2022. The summit – being held under the theme of Healing The Future – will lead by example in promoting solutions to global health challenges, which aim to create greener practices within the healthcare industry and to make care services accessible to people of all abilities.
Aside from healthcare experts and industry leaders like Prof. Dame Sarah Gilbert, developer of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and Dr. Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, several health ministers, elite sportspeople as well as renowned artists, like the Columbian contemporary fine artist Dairo Vargas, will be participating at the summit. Art in the form of live painting and photographic exhibitions will form the core of several critical discussions on such topics as mental health and wellbeing, and destigmatizing disability in the Arab world.
Also back this year are the popular WISH Agora sessions, which aim to recreate the inclusive and interactive atmosphere of ancient Greek assemblies that existed as platforms for frank and open conversations. At WISH 2022, the Agoras will explore topics such as workplace stress, safeguarding mental health of medical students, and how to keep health systems ready for future emergencies.
Ahead of the summit, WISH will host Doha Healthcare Week starting on September 29. The week will engage Qatar’s local community by offering a wide range of wellness activities aimed at improving both physical and mental health and catered for both children and adults. The full program of Doha Healthcare Week will be announced over the coming weeks.
About the World Innovation Summit for Health
The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices. WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, its Chairperson.
The inaugural WISH Summit took place in Doha in 2013 and convened more than 1,000 global healthcare leaders. Through international summits and a range of ongoing initiatives, WISH is creating a global community of leading Innovators in healthcare policy, research, and industry.
Together, they are harnessing the power of innovation to overcome the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges and inspire other stakeholders to action.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, please visit: www.qf.org.qa
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