A roadmap to a healthier world was unveiled as more than 1000 world leaders, policy makers and healthcare experts gathered in Doha to discuss new and ground-breaking solutions to the most urgent global health challenges at the second World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).
With the spread of Ebola, the continuing rise in heart disease, the advancing wave of diabetes, the growing cost of cancer care, the growth of mental illness; there has never been a more pressing time to address these issues and identify solutions for generations to come.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation and Founder of WISH addressed attending dignitaries and delegates with a welcome speech that praised the research teams for their commitment to uncovering vital new solutions to some of the world’s biggest health crises.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza said: “The WISH conference helps change our global health reality towards achieving a greater ambition of providing quality health coverage for all. Healthcare and healthcare access go to the heart of human rights. We cannot overcome our healthcare challenges unless we begin to invest in solutions that link health and education, as they are intrinsically connected.Innovation in education leads us to innovation in health. It is our wish to promote the causes of both access to basic primary education and universal health coverage.”
WISH acts as a melting pot of ideas, innovations, solutions and action – all aimed at saving lives and saving money. With delegates from over 80 different countries in attendance it was clear the potential to share learnings and spur-on action is immense.
The summit presents a unique opportunity for experts from around the world to share and explore the best evidence-based ideas in healthcare.
Day one of the summit, saw five forums present new research papers on; Diabetes, Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children, Universal Health Coverage, Patient Safety and Dementia. These papers offer workable, cost-effective and evidence-based solutions for governments to adopt and implement around the world.
Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation said: “WISH is a leading influence in global healthcare and I am very proud of the indispensable contribution it is making to healthcare systems worldwide. By bringing the world's leading innovators to Doha today, WISH is creating a truly unique opportunity for unprecedented collaboration, promoting innovations that will form the basis of the healthcare systems of the future. For me, it is one of the best examples of how Qatar Foundation's global healthcare initiatives create real benefits for people both here in Qatar, and in countries around the globe.”
This year WISH is hosting two special panels; one that will take place on Genomics, looking at the future of personalized medicine and the ethical dilemmas this new frontier in healthcare could bring; and one taking place tomorrow on Newborn and Maternal Health hosted alongside The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Harvard University and Save the Children.
The Right Honourable Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH, said: “In the face of growing health concerns, reducing budgets and increasingly fluid global borders we face a crossroads in world health that presents a unique dilemma for us all. We must act urgently to share our experiences, combine our insights and progress solutions together. Only through collaboration can we be sure to find the right answers and only with innovation can we deliver the outcomes needed. WISH provides the platform for such action and I am proud to be welcoming the world’s experts to Doha today to create a healthier future for all.”
To learn more about WISH, view the panels and download the reports, please visit www.wish.org.qa
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