Child Protection Takes Center Stage as WISH and UNICEF Mark World Children’s Day

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Henrietta Fore, joined a host of dignitaries at a special symposium organized by the World Innovation Summit for Health and UNICEF to celebrate World Children’s Day. Speaking to an online audience, Fore urged governments and organizations around the…

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Five Times More Children than Fighters are Being Killed in Conflicts, Says New Report by Save the Children

On the occasion of UN World Children’s Day, at a special joint symposium hosted by UNICEF and the World Health Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Save the Children launched a new report revealing shocking new data on children living on the frontlines of conflict. In…

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Virtual WISH 2020 Closes with Calls to Advance Innovation and Global Collaboration to Overcome Healthcare Challenges

Bringing together more than 60,000 people from around the world, the fifth World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) – held for the first time virtually – came to a close today. Featuring more 300 global speakers and 100 sessions, attendees heard from international health ministers,…

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WISH Awards Grand Cash Prizes to This Year’s Selected Innovators

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) announced the grand prize winners of its two latest Innovation Award competitions during the closing ceremony of WISH 2020. WISH CEO Sultana Afdhal presented the awards for the WISH Innovation Spark Competition to SOSO Care and the WISH…

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Mauritius PM shares island’s success story in fighting pandemic at WISH 2020 summit

A strong public healthcare infrastructure and the development of a multi-layered response driven by scientific and medical data lie at the core of every successful effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, Hon. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, told participants at…

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Doha to Turn ‘Blue’ for WISH and UNICEF Event Marking World Children’s Day

On the occasion of World Children’s Day on 20 November, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) will host a special virtual event in partnership with UNICEF and stakeholders from Qatar and across the world. Kicking off at 2pm (Doha time), the post-WISH 2020 event…

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WISH 2020 summit to announce winners of its innovation award

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020 is wrapping up its biennial event on Thursday, November 19, with a series of meetings and panel discussions, before announcing the Grand Prize winners of this year’s innovation awards. The fifth edition of the summit, which was…

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H.E. Al Thawadi at WISH 2020: Sport is Playing a Role in The Return to Normalcy

His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, has said that sport is playing a role in the return to normalcy, with Qatar recently hosting teams for the group stages of the AFC Champions League under ‘bubble’ conditions.…

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Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Pandemic Will End with a Vaccine and Public Health Measures”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the US a member of the White House coronavirus task force, and also a world-renowned HIV/AIDS researcher, spoke at virtual WISH 2020 in a special interview with The BMJ’s Editor in…

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New translation of Paediatric Blast Injury Field Manual launched at WISH 2020

Commissioned by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), the French translation of the world’s first paediatric blast injury field manual was formally launched during a virtual event discussion titled The Children of the Frontline at WISH 2020. The invaluable manual, produced by the UK-based…

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Speakers from Diverse Backgrounds Tackle Range of Public Health Challenges on Day 3 of WISH 2020

Day three of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), held under the banner of ‘One World, Our Health’, featured several thematic panels and new research reports highlighting the healthcare challenges and major epidemics the world is combating alongside COVID-19, and the potential of digital…

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Global Collaboration and Equity Needed to Unlock Full Potential of Innovative New Therapies

At the first-ever virtual edition of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), held under the theme of  ‘One World, Our Health’, speakers are placing a special focus on COVID-19, alongside other urgent healthcare challenges – including the impact of climate change on health and…

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Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, today opened the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020, held under the theme of One World, Our Health. Her Highness Sheikha Moza said: “In the midst of these trying times brought on by the…

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‘In Conversation’ with Dr. Anthony Fauci at WISH 2020

The 2020 edition of WISH, which under the banner ‘One World Our Health’, kicks off on Sunday, November 15, will present ‘In Conversation’, moderated sessions with some of the world’s leading healthcare figures facing the pressures of fighting COVID-19 and other epidemics. Attendees will be…

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H.E. Hassan Al-Thawadi Among Qatar’s Prominent Speakers at WISH 2020

His Excellency Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020 conference, taking place from November 15-19. Tasked with overseeing the infrastructure and development projects for…

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Photography Exhibition Celebrates Qatar’s ‘Healthcare Heroes’

A photographic exhibition celebrating Qatar’s healthcare workforce and their efforts during the current pandemic has opened in the courtyard of Doha’s Fire Station arts complex. The exhibition, launched to coincide with the biennial WISH Summit for Health, which will take place virtually from November 15-19,…

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WISH 2020 to Present Series of Sessions in Partnership with Local and International Organizations

WISH is working with leading local and international organizations to present a series of sessions that shine a spotlight on a range of health-related issues during its forthcoming virtual conference, WISH 2020, taking place from November 15-19. These 45-minute ‘In Focus’ session are delivered in…

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Agora ‘Majlis-Style’ Discussions at Virtual WISH 2020 To Engage All

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, will bring back its popular Agora discussion sessions during its upcoming WISH 2020 summit on November 15-19. Based on the traditional Greek assembly places, where community members would meet to exchange news, the…

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Morgan Freeman Set to Inspire as a Keynote Speaker at Virtual WISH 2020

Acclaimed American actor Morgan Freeman has been confirmed asthe latest keynote speaker to join the upcoming edition of WISH, taking place from November 15-19. The fifth edition of the biennial global gathering will be held virtually and will bring together healthcare experts, policymakers, and innovators…

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Five Masterclasses Featuring High-Profile International Speakers Announced for WISH

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has announced details of five masterclasses being presented by top international speakers during WISH 2020, the fifth edition of the biennial summit that will take place in a unique virtual 3D format from November 15-19. In keeping with…

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Diabetes, COVID-19, and Women’s Health Among Topics of Focus During Upcoming Doha Healthcare Week 2020

This year’s Doha Healthcare Week (DHW), developed by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH),and taking place from November 8-14, will call attention to the need for greater public awareness of health challenges through a series of free-to-attend activities, webinars, and professional development activities. WISH,…

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WISH’s ‘Doha Healthcare Week 2020’ to Encourage Wellness as a Lifestyle

The second edition of Doha Healthcare Week, taking place from November 8-14, will feature a full program of free-to-attend health and wellness activities organized in collaboration with local partners in Qatar, but accessible to all globally. Created by Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, WISH, this…

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WHO’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom to Address Current Pandemic at WISH 2020

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has been announced as the latest in a line of high-profile speakers who will be appearing at the virtual 2020 edition of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), taking place from November 15-19.…

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Health Sector Among Worst Adopters of Cybersecurity Frameworks

The stark vulnerabilities within health systems and the potential impact on the safe delivery of care have been exposed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Cybercriminals have exploited the confusion and fear to launch a wave of cyberattacks against healthcare organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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Arabic Language Podcast Series Launched by WISH

When it comes to mental health challenges, stigmas and misconceptions persist, and they are particularly strong in the Arab community. So why is it that Arabs spend more than $5,000 annually on alternative methods rather than consulting a specialist? Episode 1 of Qatar’s first Arabic…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani

Vice Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Foundation

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

World Health Organization

Morgan Freeman

Academy Award-winning Actor and Philanthropist

Dr. Tom Catena

Aurora Humanitarian Initiative

Eva Longoria

Actor, Producer, Director and Philanthropist
Eva Longoria Foundation

H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi

Secretary General
Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Peter Sands

Executive Director
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS

The Hon Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

Prime Minister of Mauritius

Dr. Anthony Fauci

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Michelle Bachelet

High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations

HRH Princess Dina Mired

Patron of the International Society for Pediatric Oncology

HRH The Countess of Wessex

Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari

Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
World Health Organization

Muzoon Almellehan

Goodwill Ambassador

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Surgeon General of California

Elizabeth Iro

Chief Nursing Officer
World Health Organization

Dr. Afzal Javed


Yasmin Mogahed

Author, International Speaker and Lecturer

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Regional Director for Africa
World Health Organization

Dr. Michael Ryan

Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
World Health Organization


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:

Innovation Hub

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.


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.