Sessions at
a glance

Further information will be added to the summit agenda
in the coming weeks as additional speakers and sessions are confirmed.

Times are Doha times (GMT+3)

15 Nov
Opening day
16 Nov
DAY 2
17 Nov
DAY 3
18 Nov
DAY 4
19 Nov
DAY 5
15 Nov - Opening day
2:00 pm
2:55 pm
Opening ceremony

Keynote – 55mn

2:55 pm
3:00 pm
Break

5mn

3:00 pm
4:15 pm
Climate Change and Health

Forum Panel- 75mn

An understanding of the devastating impacts that climate change will have, and is already having, on human health is growing among the scientific community, with many recent reports categorizing climate change as a public health emergency. Yet, we have not seen health system leaders and health professionals playing a sufficiently prominent role as advocates for climate change mitigation and adaptation. This is a missed opportunity to leverage some of the most trusted voices in many societies.

The WISH Climate Change and Health report takes a fresh look at the issues to emerge with propositions that are relevant to practitioners and policymakers, encompassing climate change as a human health emergency and threat to health systems, while proposing health as an innovative lever for action.

4:15 pm
4:45 pm
Networking and other activities

30mn

4:45 pm
5:30 pm
Precision Medicine

Policy briefing- 45mn

5:30 pm
6:00 pm
Networking and other activities

30mn

6:00 pm
7:15 pm
Climate change and Communicable Diseases

Forum Panel- 75mn

The WISH Communicable Diseases and Climate Change report will look at what global health should do differently and what past suggestions to address the impact of climate change on infectious disease have gone unheeded, while evaluating how might climate change affect the spread, prevention, and treatment of infectious disease.

The report will investigate a range of questions on the topics of climate change and land use and the emergence of arboviruses in the Amazon, through to climate change and zoonotic diseases, with a focus also on communicable disease and climate change in the Middle East region.

16 Nov - DAY 2
3:00 pm
4:15 pm
Immunotherapy

Forum Panel- 75mn

Immunotherapy is one of the most exciting and dynamic fields in biopharma today. While the field itself is not new, checkpoint inhibitors have provided unparalleled breadth of clinical benefit across tumor types and CAR-T therapies have demonstrated deep responses in patients who previously failed multiple lines of therapy.

Despite this breakthrough clinical benefit, the field presents meaningful challenges to all healthcare stakeholders and the WISH Immunotherapy report will focus on the range of immunotherapies in development and available to patients, those challenges faced by innovators, patients, providers, and healthcare systems and how governments and policymakers can address them.

4:15 pm
4:30 pm
Break

15mn

4:30 pm
5:00 pm
Keynote

30mn

5:00 pm
5:30 pm
Networking and other activities

30mn

5:30 pm
6:15 pm
Cancer Care

Policy briefing- 45mn

6:15 pm
6:30 pm
Networking and other activities

15mn

6:30 pm
7:45 pm
Healthy Dry Cities

Forum Panel- 75mn

The WISH Healthy Dry Cities report looks at this new discipline documenting the current debate about the looming problem of insufficient (potable) water for health in an urban context and how the desertification of cities affects health, while considering broad aspects and links with issues such as economic policy, inequality and technology.

With a focus on vulnerable subpopulations, the report will investigate what impact water scarcity in cities may have on mental health, how architecture and planning in cities with scarce water can promote health and wellbeing, while discussing infectious disease in water scarce cities and how health services can be optimally organized to adapt and respond to increasing urban dryness.

17 Nov - DAY 3
3:00 pm
4:15 pm
Mental Health and Digital Technology

Forum Panel- 75mn

In no field of global health is the gap between need and treatment greater than mental health and this is even more true of digital mental health, where in recent years there has been an explosion of new technologies for assessment, support and treatment. Properly managed, these technologies hold the promise of a revolution in the approach to mental health care delivery.

The next five years will see many of these new approaches come to maturity, with robust evidence of cost- effectiveness. However, real impact depends on whether these isolated tools can be brought together into coherent pathways and packages of care.

The WISH Digital Mental Health report looks at how to prepare and navigate these new approaches, latest innovations and their potential to address some of the most critical health needs in high, middle and low-income countries.

4:15 pm
4:30 pm
Break

15mn

4:30 pm
5:00 pm
Keynote

30mn

5:00 pm
5:45 pm
Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Development

Policy briefing- 45mn

5:45 pm
6:15 pm
Networking and other activities

30mn

6:15 pm
7:30 pm
Cybersecurity and Healthcare Systems

75mn

18 Nov - DAY 4
3:00 pm
4:15 pm
Islamic Ethics and Infertility Treatment

Forum Panel- 75mn

In Islam, seeking a cure for infertility is not only permissible but encouraged, against a backdrop that a recent report showed that compared to a 10 per cent infertility rate worldwide, infertility in the MENA region is approximately 16 percent.

However, assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization, as well as cryopreservation, each raise a variety of unique ethical concerns. The WISH Infertility and Islamic Ethicsreport will provide a historical overview of these interventions in the region, while tackling the most pressing ethical issues from an Islamic perspective.

4:15 pm
4:30 pm
Break

15mn

4:30 pm
5:15 pm
Dementia

Policy briefing- 45mn

5:15 pm
5:50 pm
Doha Debates

35mn

5:50 pm
6:20 pm
Networking and other activities

30mn

6:20 pm
6:45 pm
Keynote

25mn

6:45 pm
8:00 pm
Health Challenges of Major Sporting Events

Forum Panel- 75mn

Major sporting events can provide a multitude of benefits to host countries, from valuable infrastructure investment to heightened tourism income, through to a sense of national pride. While direct public health benefits from these events through improved healthcare infrastructure, housing and improved transportation, mass gatherings of this scale also present an array of healthcare challenges.

The WISH Health Challenges in Major Sporting Events report will explore these key challenges, such as the risks of environmental hazards and communicable disease outbreaks and provide a framework for policymakers and healthcare systems to effectively plan for and address these issues.

19 Nov - DAY 5
3:00 pm
4:15 pm
The Role of Schools on Child and Adolescent Health

75mn

4:15 pm
4:30 pm
Break

15mn

4:30 pm
5:15 pm
Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Policy briefing- 45mn

Health and education are inextricably linked. Education is widely accepted to be one of the key social determinants of health, while good health is linked with greater educational attainment, employment and productivity.

However, health is rarely integrated into the educational system in an effective or substantive way. Efforts to include health are often ‘bolted on’ to existing curricula and this narrow approach misses an important opportunity to maximize the impact of schools on children and young people’s health.

The WISH Role of Schools in Child and Adolescent Health report will explore how health and health promotion activities can be implemented into education systems to deliver improved health outcomes as well as gains in educational outcomes for children, including innovative case studies from around the world.

5:15 pm
5:30 pm
Networking and other activities

15mn

5:30 pm
6:45 pm
Toxic Stress and PTSD in children

Forum Panel- 75mn

The WISH Toxic Stress and PTSD in Children report will focus on the impact of PTSD and toxic stress in children by examining how adverse childhood events are linked to later physical and mental ill health and how these risks can be mitigated.

The report will also look to examine how toxic stress affects the physical and mental health of child refugees, alongside mental ill health related to trauma in richer countries around the world and what can be done to mitigate this stress in such populations.

6:45 pm
7:00 pm
Networking and other activities

15mn

7:00 pm
8:00 pm
Closing Ceremony: Innovation Award

Keynote- 60mn