On 10 and 11 December 2013, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development launched the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
A distinguished audience of decision-makers and influencers from across the world convened to discuss practical, lasting and innovative solutions to global healthcare challenges. This high-profile event, which was the successor to 2012’s Global Health Policy Summit in London, brought together heads of state, ministers, senior government officials, academics, and influential business leaders.
The mission of WISH is closely aligned to the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, and represents her ongoing commitment to raising the standards of healthcare nationally and internationally.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser announced WISH during 2012’s Global Health Policy Summit in London’s Guildhall, which was jointly organized by Qatar Foundation and Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation. During Her Highness’ address, she urged delegates to invest their efforts into coordinating and improving prevention and treatment of diseases by exchanging ideas, collaborating, and learning from global experiences.
International experts in healthcare innovation chaired the WISH working groups that focused on eight themes: obesity, mental health, accountable care, end-of-life, road traffic injury, patient engagement, antimicrobial resistance, and big data and healthcare. The reports from these working groups have now been published.
WISH’s objectives complement the mission and vision of Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Vision 2030, while serving to highlight Qatar’s growing role as an emerging center for healthcare innovation. As the nation stands at the forefront of healthcare reform, Qatar Foundation has successfully launched a number of valuable and unprecedented initiatives – from biomedical research to maternal health and clinical care.
Through WISH, Qatar Foundation aims to create tangible and long-lasting solutions in healthcare advocacy, policy, research and delivery. In keeping with this objective, the project is designed to build a network of health experts and to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach, as well as best practices that can transform healthcare policies and systems globally.
The Right Honourable Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Chairman for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, is the Executive Chair of WISH.
“WISH is about action. This Summit looks at ideas which are evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable – often ideas which have already been implemented somewhere in the world – and work out how to implement them far more widely. The Summit is based on the concept that radical innovation is needed to meet the world’s health challenges, and that this requires more collaboration between those bodies and individuals that are in a position to make a difference. I hope that in time this annual event will become the Davos of healthcare.”