The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has selected 20 winners of its Innovation Showcases competition, from 11 different countries, to present their work at the upcoming WISH 2018 summit, to be held in Doha on November 13-14.
The Innovation Showcases initiative provides a platform for aspiring healthcare leaders to exhibit and demonstrate their healthcare-related innovations in the presence of around 2,000 global health experts and policymakers at WISH’s biennial summits, a major highlight of the global healthcare calendar and a key platform for the dissemination of healthcare innovation and best practices.
Among the winners whose projects will be displayed in the WISH Innovation Hub at WISH 2018 is Mohammed Al Jefairi – a Qatari innovator and 4th place winner in season nine of QF’s Stars of Science, the Arab world’s leading scientific ‘edutainment’ TV show – whose company Abilitx has developed the SeeDo robot, designed to communicate with hearing-impaired children to improve their vocabulary through sign language, stories, and play.
“The most important learning stage for children is the first few years of their lives, when they acquire important vocabulary,” said Al Jefairi. “Research shows that children at the age of six years have almost 1,000 words in their vocabulary while, unfortunately, hearing-impaired children only have 50 words.
“The SeeDo robot will help solve this problem, bringing about a remarkable change in early intervention for hearing-impaired children.”
Other innovations include ‘Proximie’, an augmented reality platform from the UK that allows doctors to virtually transport themselves into any operating room anywhere in the world; the Crispvision Eye Test Kit, a sight-saving kit from Nigeria used to detect eye defects, correct far-sightedness and monitor debilitating eye diseases such as cataracts, onchocerciasis, and trachoma; and ‘Tilapia Skin Burn Bandage’, a low-cost and efficient process from Brazil that uses sterilized fish skin to treat patients with second- and third-degree burns.
Sultana Afdhal, CEO, WISH, said: “At WISH, we recognize that innovation in healthcare can take many forms, from utilizing mobile technology to making mental healthcare accessible and affordable for youth and adults everywhere, to providing simple and effective eye test kits for those at risk in developing countries.
“This year’s winners provide a great insight into how innovative thinking is being used around the world to tackle a diverse range of healthcare challenges.”
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