Fundamentals of Art Therapy

45mn Art therapist Trish Bedford provides an essential, practical guide to using expressive art as a method for fostering healing and mental well-being. (This session includes practical exercises that require access to basic art materials.)

Networking and Other Activities

Women in Innovation

45mn In partnership with Qatari-Russian Center for Cooperation. Women are still underrepresented in the technology and health innovation sector. While many are achieving great success in this field, the world is missing out on significant major opportunities that more women engaged in health innovation would bring. Leading Russian women innovators share their experience and knowledge … Continued

COVID-19 and Palliative Care: A Bedside and Public Health Perspective

45mn In partnership with The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life. The current COVID-19 pandemic represents a challenge for health systems around the world relating to the ethical dimension of care and to public health and policy choices. Palliative care ranks among the “protagonists” of health care dedicated to COVID-19 patients, although in many countries the … Continued

Hackathon: Envisioning Climate Change in Every Health Curriculum

45mn In partnership with the International Federation of Medical Student Associations. In 2018, the World Health Organization recognized climate change as the biggest threat to the global health of the 21st century, hence leading to more far-reaching health outcomes than the current pandemic. It is proven that climate change puts the health and wellbeing of … Continued

Global Perspectives: Mental Health in a COVID-19 World

45mn In partnership with World Psychiatric Association. Despite the growing evidence about the impact of mental illnesses, mental health services continue showing big gaps. Even the current radical changes in organization, financing, treatment technology, and consumer demand for access and delivery of health services are not showing any big influence on the mental health scene … Continued

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Building Together: Prevention and Sustainable Health

45mn According to WHO, chronic diseases represent 63 % of deaths in the world and 450 million people suffer from mental illness. Even though environmental and socio-economic factors are identified as affecting the health population, these factors are not fully considered by our healthcare systems. Without adequate prevention and sustainable health development strategy, the cost … Continued

Words Matter: The Impact of Language on Mental Health

45mn In partnership with The Carter Center. This 45-minute panel from The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program takes a crucial look at how language used to communicate about mental health impacts stigma and discrimination. Join Kari Cobham, senior associate director of The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism and Media, for a robust discussion … Continued

Young Nurses, Global Health Advocates and Change Agents: How to be Heard and Influence Change

45mn In partnership with Nursing Now. This roundtable event will bring together a group of international young nurse leaders to lead a discussion about the role of young nurses as global health advocates. During the 45-minute session, they will discuss the importance of the young-nurse voice in the arena of global health advocacy, how to … Continued

Sustainable Development and Access to Health in the Midst of a Crisis

45mn Over the past three decades, the world has seen a dramatic increase in conflict and displacement. Whilst humanitarian needs continue on a global level, today’s crises reflect a persistent pattern that require a broader and more comprehensive intervention that is founded upon long-term, sustainable impact. In this context, it is fundamental to combine and … Continued

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Qatar

45mn This study was carried out by WISH in partnership with Qatar Biomedical Research Institute and the Negdr program, under Qatari Autism Society Measures taken by most countries to control and limit the spread of the highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus, including the closure of schools and centers providing treatment, rehabilitation, and educational services for ASD … Continued

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Qatar Science- Based Response to COVID-19

45mn In partnership with the Ministry of Public Health Qatar. COVID-19 promoted inter-sectoral collaboration among healthcare providers, epidemiologists, policymakers, scientists, and academia to inform evidence-based decisions undertaken by the state of Qatar. The aim of this session is to present the research activities undertaken by different institutions and how they contributed to inform decision making. 

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Networking and Other Activities

The Power of Partnership: Pursuing Trachoma Elimination in Sudan

45mn In partnership with The Carter Center. A healthier world can only be achieved through strong partnerships. Diseases occur within individuals and communities due to variety of pathogens and multiple overlapping factors, which means medical and public health professionals must address the complex factors of the overlapping issues and the diseases at the same time. … Continued

Accelerating The Search for Drugs Against COVID-19

45mn Exscalate4cov is a public-private consortium supported by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 tender for projects to counter the Coronavirus pandemic and improve the management and care of patients. At the core of Exscalate4CoV is Exscalate (EXaSCale smArt pLatform Against paThogEns), at present the most powerful and cost-efficient intelligent supercomputing platform in the world. Exscalate … Continued

Religion and Medical Ethics: Reflections on Autonomy and Authority

45mn In partnership with The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life and The BMJ. This session explores tensions which emerged in a variety of ways during the Rome Symposium between autonomy and authority – the autonomy of the individual and the authority of the social group, which could be a family, profession or religion. Autonomy, as … Continued

Global Health Workforce of the Future: Deployment of Youth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

45mn In partnership with the International Federation of Medical Student Associations. The world is becoming more and more aware of the issues revolving around the Global Health Workforce and its complex aspects. The existing shortage has been further emphasized during the COVID-19 era. As a health workforce of today and tomorrow, many medical students, students … Continued

Empowered Youth for a Healthier Community

45mn In partnership with Qatar Medical Students Association. Qatar Medical Students’ Association (QMSA-Qatar) is an entirely youth-led organization under the umbrella of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). QMSA-Qatar aims to unite, empower and support future healthcare leaders to redefine healthcare one student at a time. Within the last few years, QMSA-Qatar has … Continued



Networking and Other Activities

Networking and Other Activities

Type 2 Diabetes: From Management to Cure

45mn In partnership with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. A panel discussion looking at the science and research of reversing Type 2 Diabetes through the innovation of Lifestyle Medicine. The panel will discuss many facets of Type 2 Diabetes including the history, the cost implications around managing Type 2 Diabetes, the growing number of … Continued

Dynamic Approaches to a Stigmatizing Disease: Eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis in Haiti

45mn In partnership with The Carter Center. Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is a debilitating parasitic disease transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes. The painful and profoundly disfiguring symptoms of LF—including elephantiasis, a conspicuous swelling of the feet and legs and hydrocele, swelling of the male scrotum—result from parasite-induced damage to the lymphatic system. Patients are not … Continued

WISH Young Innovators Revisited: Adapting to Thrive

45mn Catch up with young innovators previously showcased at WISH who have subsequently gone on to find success. The entrepreneurs will explain how they turned their idea into viable businesses and share their knowledge of pitfalls overcome and opportunities embraced and they will offer their tips for others looking to develop their own projects.

Emerging Diagnostics, Repurposed Therapeutics and Prophylactics for COVID-19

45mn In partnership with Qatar Biomedical Research Institute. Since the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 viral infection and related pandemic of COVID-19 disease in January 2020, biomedical researchers worldwide have refocused to meet the urgent demand for vaccine development, diagnosis for clinical and environmental samples, risk prediction for progression of COVID-19 to severe symptoms, and development … Continued

Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) in Research with Vulnerable Populations

45mn In partnership with Qatar Biobank. A vulnerable population is a group of people that requires greater protection than normal against the potential risks of participating in research. Individuals in vulnerable populations may have a higher risk of negative outcomes as a result of participating in a research study, they may have a reduced capacity … Continued

The Role of Accreditation in Enhancing Quality and Innovation in the Education of Health Professionals

45mn In partnership with the Foundation of Advancement in Medical Education and Research. The purpose of accreditation systems is to enhance the quality of medical education and training and ensure that graduates are ready to begin postgraduate training or practice effectively as physicians. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the certifying body … Continued

Using Social Media to Promote Better Health Outcomes in the Arabic-speaking World

45mn Social media platforms have become more important than before in our daily life, as they have begun to play the role of liaison between family members, friends and co-workers as well, in addition to the much-needed entertainment with the increasing of our physical isolation in the Covid-19 pandemic, as it requires current access to … Continued

The Intersection of COVID-19 and Brain Health

45mn Mental and neurological conditions account for 9% of the global burden of disease and cost the global economy over US$3 trillion annually. These numbers are likely underestimates, not reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental and neurological health. Yet only 14% of the global disease burden for mental health can be averted … Continued

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Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 on Women and Young People in War and Crisis-Affected Areas

45mn In partnership with Silatech. Marginalized categories such as women and young people have been severely and disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and suffered damages and losses that are estimated to last for decades to come. According to the ILO, more than one in six young people aged 18-29 became unemployed since the start … Continued

Emotional Agility and Resilience: A Practical Approach to Navigating through a Global Trauma

45mn In partnership with Weyak. The impact of COVID-19 on our community’s mental health has been considerable and there is an expected significant increase of mental health difficulties and greater need for psychological support.  The global community has experienced high levels distress and the key themes have been anxiety, grief, trauma/PTSD and significant loss leading … Continued