February 19, 2015

Tackling Ebola and Cost of Cancer Concludes Two Day Summit

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Delegates from around the world concluded a meeting of minds that saw them share new research on cancer, ideas on tackling dementia, insights into Ebola and evidence on preventing diabetes.
World Innovation Summit for Health
The World innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a melting pot of Ministers, experts, policymakers and academics all dedicated to overcoming the growing health threats of today facing everyone.

Report recommendations included a ‘pay for results’ model for cancer drugs, adopting the power of celebrity to better communicate complex health messages and utilizing military technology to influence healthy behavior. Alongside the research and reports published, 25 truly innovative inventions were showcased to offer new, cheaper, easier and more effective healthcare in matters such as cleft palate treatment, hearing aids, prosthetics and cataract treatment.

Engineer Saad Al Muhannadi, President of Qatar Foundation said: “Over the past two days WISH has convened the great and the good of global healthcare here in Qatar and I am very proud of the work that has gone into the reports they have published. The impact of this research cannot be underestimated – together we have the potential to change millions of lives. Though many of the issues addressed are challenging, the solutions posed here at WISH show there is reason for hope, for optimism and practical action. By ignoring borders and working together, we can overcome the challenges that lie ahead and ensure better health for everyone.”
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As well as a moving opening speech by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, a raft of global experts were invited to share their personal insights and professional experience with the attending guests, ensuring a truly global perspective, including distinguished surgeon and Indian philanthropist Devi Shetty and mental-health champion and charity founder, Anthony Shriver.

The Right Honourable Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH, said: “There is a clear need for radical innovation and urgent action in the face of increasing global health threats. WISH succeeds in bringing these two needs together – providing evidence-based, innovative solutions and sharing them with the policy experts and national bodies able to implement them. Over the past two days we have seen the best minds in healthcare join together to help shape and inform the most effective solutions for countries around the world. This dedication to collaboration is what makes WISH so unique and is what, I believe, will allow us to make such an important impact on the future of global health.”

To learn more about WISH, view the panel discussions and download the reports, please visit www.wish.org.qa.

To read the full article on WISH’s website, please click here.