The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), kicked off in Qatar on Tuesday, 13 November.
The event, which will end on 14 November, takes place during Doha Healthcare Week, which was launched on Tuesday, 6 November.“WISH has created a unique platform for new ideas, and its work continues after the summit ends after these ideas turn into action. WISH has created a community that you are all part of,” Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, executive chair of WISH, said at the opening ceremony.
The two-day event will feature a host of workshops, health checks, and mental and physical well-being activities.
“Nearly 50% of child deaths are driven by malnutrition, every 10 minutes in Yemen a child dies because of preventable causes. It is the single largest driver of child deaths,” Rt Hon David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), commented.
The event will also promote healthy living and showcase the services offered by Qatar’s leading healthcare providers, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), and Al-Ahli Hospital.
“The initiative aims to raise awareness of the health resources available in Qatar, and to engage the local community in a wide variety of fun and healthy activities during the week leading up to our global healthcare summit, WISH 2018,” Nick Bradshaw, Partnerships Manager of WISH, said.
The event is launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health, QF, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar Cancer Society, Shangri-La Hotel Doha, The St. Regis Doha, and the World Innovation Summit for Education.
“We have chosen the theme of one community for this wish conference, to share ideas and best practice as we strive together to achieve excellence in healthcare,” Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Qatar’s public health minister, said. International partners include Orbis, The Carter Center, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Nursing Now, and Alzheimer’s Disease International.