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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.


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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Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director

Dr. Luwei Pearson

Acting Associate Director and Chief of Health Programme

Prof. Dame Carolyn Hamilton

Director of Coram International at Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Rachel Harvey

Regional Adviser Child Protection
UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific

Najat Daham Al-Abdullah

Director of the Family Affairs Department
Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affair

Inger Ashing

Save the Children

Javier Aguilar

UNICEF child protection regional adviser for MENA region

Salman Rawaf, MD PhD FRCP FFPH

Professor of Public Health Director, WHO Collaborating Centre Department of Primary Care and Public Health School of Public Health Faculty of Medicine Imperial College London UK

Dr. Jasem Al Mutawa

Educational and Social Expert

Dr. Sharifa Al Emadi

Executive Director
Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)

Mariam Al Misned

Executive Director
DREAMA and Aman centers of Qatar Social Work Foundation

Najat Maalla

Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children

Prof. Khalid Al Ansari, MD, FRCPS, FAAP (PEM), MScH

Emergency Department Sidra Medicine

Sonia Livingstone

Professor in the Department of Media and Communications
The London School of Economics and Political Science

Vikram Patel

Professor of Global Health in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School


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:


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.