The WISH 2022 Summit to explore current key topics in health

The upcoming World Health Innovation Summit (WISH) global gathering from October 4-6 will focus on exploring the potential legacy of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Others key areas are post-Covid-19 legacy, disability and accessibility and well-being.

The sixth edition of the WISH Summit is known for highlighting issues such as antimicrobial resistance and healthcare in conflict zones. This year’s summit will address a diverse but timely and critical set of topics in dedicated sessions, including: building health system resilience; the lessons of Covid-19; the mental health of health and care workers; vaccine and pharmaceutical innovation; Islamic Ethics and Child Health in the Age of Genetics; mental health and sports; climate change, food security and health; patient empowerment through patient-centric digital tools; future hospitals; Management and sustainability of Covid-19 legacy and healthcare waste.
Each roundtable is underpinned by an evidence-based policy report written before the summit by industry experts that offers concrete policy recommendations to governments, aimed at making health care more accessible, equitable and affordable.
Three additional sessions will explore healthcare in the context of this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, with these sessions also based on newly released reports specially commissioned for WISH 2022.
A commitment to sustainability and inclusiveness underpins WISH 2022. The summit to be held under the theme “Healing The Future” will lead by example in promoting solutions to global health challenges, which aim to create better practices. technologies in the health sector and to make care services accessible to people of all abilities.
Besides health experts and industry leaders like Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, developer of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine and Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, several ministers of health, sportsmen elite as well as renowned artists, such as the Colombian contemporary artist Dairo Vargas will participate in the summit. Art in the form of live painting and photographic exhibitions will be at the heart of several critical discussions on topics such as mental health and wellbeing, and the destigmatization of disability in the Arab world.
Also returning this year are the popular WISH Agora sessions, which aim to recreate the inclusive and interactive atmosphere of ancient Greek assemblies that existed as platforms for frank and open conversations.
At WISH 2022, the Agoras will explore topics such as workplace stress, protecting the mental health of medical students, and how to keep healthcare systems ready for future emergencies.
Ahead of the summit, WISH will organize Doha Healthcare Week starting September 29. The week will engage the local community in Qatar by offering a wide range of wellness activities aimed at improving physical and mental health and catering to children and adults.