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WISH research supports UK Parliament report on Mental Health

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Leading US journal Health Affairs features ten WISH-inspired articles in September 2014 issue on global healthcare policy.

Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research, focusing on policy issues at a local, regional and international level. The journal promotes analysis and facilitates ongoing discussions on ways to improve health and healthcare issues. In its September issue on global healthcare policy it featured 10 articles written by World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) authors and contributors.

WISH report presented at International Conference on Universal Health Converge

Ms Jeanette Vega, Director, Fondo Nacional de Salud, Chile, and Former Head of Rockefeller Foundation, is a member of WISH’s Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Forum. In March 2015 Ms Vega was a keynote speaker at an international conference in Washington DC titled: "Advancing Universal Health Coverage Through Smart Choices”.

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WISH Forum Chair co-authors US patient engagement report.

In March 2014, the Lucian Leape Institute released a new report co-authored by Ms Edgman-Levitan. Safety Is Personal: Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care is a call to action for health leaders, clinicians, and policy makers, and includes specific recommendations to ensure greater patient and family engagement at all levels of healthcare.

IMPACT UK

WISH research supports UK Parliament report on Mental Health.

The joint APPG Mental Health report was the culmination of several months’ work by members of the All Parliamentary Groups on Global Health and Mental Health, instigated by Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the National Health Services, after the publication of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) report on mental health, Transforming Lives, Enhancing Communities: Innovations in Mental Health, published in December 2013.

IMPACT UK

WISH Forum findings presented at leading UK patient safety conference.

The Patient Safety Congress brings together leading directors, managers and practitioners from throughout the UK healthcare system. It offers a hands-on, solution-driven approach to sharing the latest and most innovative developments in patient safety. The 2014 Congress featured more than 78 hours of content, including 12 streams, 150 speakers (the keynote address was delivered by the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health), 66 sessions, a workshop, and study tour and two invitation only summits.

IMPACT Switzerland

For the 2014 WHA, WISH officials partnered with Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to form part of the Qatar delegation.

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of the WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by an Executive Board. The main functions of the WHA are to determine the priorities and policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General and supervise financial policies.

Wish contributes to Call for Action at first World Health Organization Ministerial meeting on Dementia.

Following the publication of the WISH 2015 Dementia report ‘A Call To Action: The Global Response to Dementia through Policy Innovation’, , CEO Mr Egbert Schillings participated in WHO’s inaugural Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia in March 2015. The meeting took place in Geneva and brought together more than 400 policymakers, healthcare experts and NGOs from 80 countries.

IMPACT Australia

WISH CEO tells Brisbane Global Café - Health systems are ‘unprepared’ for an era of super ageing

Mr Egbert Schillings CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), has told a packed audience of global thought-leaders at the Brisbane Global Cafe event that, although health innovation has improved access, quality and life expectancy, health systems remain ill-equipped to cope with these changes.

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WISH report presented at International Conference on Universal Health Converge.

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WISH Forum Chair co-authors US patient engagement report.

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WISH research supports UK Parliament report on Mental Health.

London, UK

WISH Forum findings presented at leading UK patient safety conference.

Geneva, Switzerland

Wish contributes to Call for Action at first World Health Organization Ministerial meeting on Dementia.

Brisbane, Australia

WISH CEO tells Brisbane Global Café - Health systems are ‘unprepared’ for an era of super ageing

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) continues to support innovation in healthcare by building a global community of leaders in policy, research and industry.

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Background

The United Kingdom (UK) is an established center of excellence in healthcare innovation – from many of the most important early medical breakthroughs, to the founding of the publicly funded National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, to today’s cutting edge treatment, care, management and research.

The UK Parliament is the country’s senior legislative assembly, fostering and regulating the conditions which have made possible this long and dynamic tradition of healthcare innovation.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal associations formed by Members of both the House of Lords and House of Commons, often with expert support from external organizations. The APPG on Global Health is a leading advocate for innovation in healthcare reform within Parliament. Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH, also serves as Vice-Chair of the APPG on Global Health.

WISH impact

The joint APPG Mental Health report was the culmination of several months’ work by members of the All Parliamentary Groups on Global Health and Mental Health, instigated by Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the National Health Services, after the publication of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) report on mental health, Transforming Lives, Enhancing Communities: Innovations in Mental Health, published in December 2013.

Six months later, two oral evidence sessions highlighted the need for action, pointing to increasing international attention and a growing evidence base for cost-effective interventions to improve the lives of people living with mental health problems in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) around the world.

The report was been issued to advise UK policy on global mental health, incorporating the written and oral evidence submitted and evidence from further consultations with experts in the UK and abroad.

Comment

Professor The Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH, said: “Mental health conditions affect the well-being of hundreds of millions of individuals, cause considerable disability and incur high economic and social costs, yet mental health is perhaps one of the most neglected of all global health concerns.”

Lord Crisp, co-chair of the APPG on Global Health, said: “The WISH report has been very helpful in drawing attention to the needs of people with mental health globally and what can be done. Our report takes very similar messages to the British Parliament and Government. Whilst we are doing more than many countries, mental health is still a tiny component of our international health and development work. We have a lot of expertise to draw on and we hope to use our report to galvanize greater priority and action from British government, institutions and NGOs.” 

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