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WISH is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices.

Our mission: A healthier world through global collaboration.

At its heart is a biennial global gathering that brings healthcare leaders, practitioners, advocates, researchers and idea generators together. In 2018, 2,500 participants from 100 countries convened in Doha. WISH 2020 is going to be different.

This year, WISH will take place virtually in a unique and fully immersive 3D platform across more days, featuring more sessions, and involving significantly more participants – under the banner of ‘One World, Our Health’.

Global health has never been more in the spotlight. There has never been a greater need to work together to tackle major health challenges. Join us online this November.

LATEST NEWS

Supporting Immunotherapy Innovations is Vital

Clinical trials are revealing crucial roles for immunotherapies and new options in treating previously incurable and life-limiting diseases, according to a WISH 2020 research report Realizing the Promise of Immunotherapy: A Global Plan for Action that will be presented at the upcoming WISH conference. Breakthroughs…

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Eva Longoria to be a Keynote Speaker at WISH 2020

WISH has announced that American actress Eva Longoria will be a keynote speaker at its upcoming global gathering of healthcare leaders, practitioners, advocates, researchers, and idea generators, taking place virtually from November 15-19, under the banner of ‘One World, Our Health’. As well as carving…

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Schools Must Take Advantage of the ‘Social Vaccine’ They Provide

A WISH research report due to be released next month has recognized schools as ‘engines’ of health promotion with an important role to play in influencing the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents. Education is often referred to as a ‘social vaccine’ for a…

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Dr. Tom Catena Confirmed as a Keynote Speaker at WISH 2020

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has announced Dr. Tom Catena as a keynote speaker at the upcoming summit, taking place virtually from November 15-19, under the banner ‘One World Our Health’. ‘Dr. Tom’, as he is affectionately known to his patients, is the…

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Infertility Treatments Raise No Insurmountable Theological Problems

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is collaborating with the Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE) at the College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), on a forthcoming research report Islamic Ethics and Infertility Treatment. Examining the challenging moral questions…

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MANAGING HEALTH RISKS DURING FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022™

With two years to go before the 2022 FIFA World CupTM kicks off in the State of Qatar, a WISH 2020 research report Stepping Up to the Plate: Planning for a Lasting Health Legacy from Major Sporting Events will highlight the multitude of public health…

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HEALTHCARE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HELP COMBAT CLIMATE CRISIS

Climate change is increasingly being recognized as a human health emergency, and with its impact evident in hospital and clinic waiting rooms every day, it adds an increasing burden to already stretched health systems. With 170 million people working in the healthcare globally, the health…

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DIGITAL MENTAL HEALTH TOOLS AN URGENT NECESSITY

A forthcoming WISH 2020 report titled The Digital Mental Health Revolution: Transforming Care Through Innovation and Scale-Up will claim that digital tools designed to address mental health needs are not just a future luxury for modern health systems, but an urgent necessity. The new report…

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STUDENTS COMMENCE MENTAL HEALTH JOURNALISM PROGRAM

Two students from Northwestern University in Qatar have been selected by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) to participate in a global mental health journalism program created by former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter and coordinated by The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, US.…

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WISH SELECTS CONTEST WINNERS

Ahead of its upcoming 2020 summit,theWorld Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a Qatar Foundation global health initiative, has selected 30 winners from 11 different countries for its two Innovation Award program competitions – Spark (for early stage startups) and Booster (for startups looking for scale-up)…

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WISH ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BMJ

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, has announced a strategic partnership with The BMJ, one of the world’s oldest, most respected, and most cited general medical journals. Under the new partnership, WISH have worked with The BMJ on three…

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WISH Collaborates with Imperial College London on Five New Reports

Under The banner ‘One World Our Health’, WISH 2020 will virtually bring together global healthcare leaders, health practitioners, researchers, and innovators to disseminate and discuss evidence-based content and to showcase health innovations. Five of this year’s discussion topics center on reports that are being produced…

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NOVEMBER’S VIRTUAL WISH 2020

Qatar Foundation (QF) has announced that applications are now open to attend the fifth gathering of its biennial global health initiative World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). WISH 2020 will take place in a unique virtual format from November 15-19, under the banner ‘One World…

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Sporting Stars Turn The Spotlight On Mental Health

Stars who shone on the athletics track, the football field, and the cricket pitch joined an expert on sports psychology recently to discuss the impact that sport can have on mental health, hosted by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), in an online event…

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General
World Health Organization

Dr. Tom Catena

Chair
Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

Eva Longoria

Actor, Producer, Director and Philanthropist
Eva Longoria Foundation

PROF. THE LORD DARZI OF DENHAM

Executive Chair
World Innovation Summit for Health

HRH The Countess of Wessex

Dr. Alia Abd El Hadi

Chair of Assisted Reproductive Center and Senior Consultant
Hamad Medical Corporation

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari

Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
World Health Organization

Sheikh Dr. Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Thani

Director of the Public Health Department
Ministry of Public Health, Qatar

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Surgeon General of California

Giles Duley

Photographer, Storyteller, Humanitarian
Legacy of War Foundation

Dr. Victor Dzau

President
United States National Academy of Medicine

Prof. Howard Frumkin

Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington

Elizabeth Iro

Chief Nursing Officer
World Health Organization

Devora Kestel

Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use
World Health Organization

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Regional Director for Africa
World Health Organization

Yasmin Mogahed

Author, International Speaker and Lecturer

Dr. Michael Ryan

Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
World Health Organization

Henry Timms

President and CEO
Lincoln Center

Prof. Russell Viner

Professor in Adolescent Health
University College London

Prof. Miranda Wolpert MBE

Head of Mental Health Priority Area
Wellcome Trust

CORE TOPICS

This year’s summit will explore a wide range of topics that deal with some of the world’s greatest health challenges, including Covid-19. At the core of WISH 2020 will be panel discussions based around topics for which WISH has commissioned reports authored by leading experts in their field. This year’s core topics are:

Innovations

The Innovation Hub is a large exhibition space that will give visitors to WISH 2020 an opportunity to engage with a variety of organizations who are working to promote health and health innovation. As well as highly interactive booths, where visitors can engage directly with our partners in a unique, 360º environment, the Innovation Hub is home to discussion spaces, stages, a cinema, a gallery and a wellness area. It is also where the winners of WISH’s two innovation competitions – the WISH Spark Competition for start-ups and the WISH Booster competition for healthcare innovators wishing to scale-up are showcased.

Networking

Virtual WISH 2020 will feature a range of structured networking opportunities. By opting in to the ‘Who’s who’ section on the registration form, guests will be able to profile match with industry peers and set-up direct discussions. Due to the event being virtual, many more interactions will be possible and present a unique opportunity for networking and information sharing.