The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) announced the activities taking place during Doha Healthcare Week, which kicks off this Tuesday, 6 November.
The inaugural seven-day festival is featuring a host of workshops, health checks, and mental and physical well-being activities. A wide range of free events will also promote healthy living and showcase the services offered by Qatar’s leading healthcare providers, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), and Al Ahli Hospital.
Members of the public who registered last month will have the opportunity to visit the Flying Eye Hospital, a fully-functioning medical facility operated by global eye health charity Orbis. The hospital is a converted cargo plane that flies all over the world to provide medical treatment to those in need. The aircraft will be based at the old airport in Doha for the duration of the Doha Healthcare Week.
Additional highlights include an exhibition at the QF Recreation Centre and QF Headquarters showcasing the work of renowned photographers focused on the health effects of war; a special free screening by the Doha Film Institute of ‘Life: Animated’ at the MIA Park (7 November, 7 pm); a Diabetes Walkathon at Education City, organised by Qatar Diabetes Association (9 November, 2 pm); Football on the Beach at Katara each evening with ‘Sahtak Awalan – Your Health First,’ an initiative of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q); and healthy cooking classes for families at The St. Regis Doha on 10 November.
Other activities include cancer check-up by PHCC, free health check-up at Al Ahli Hospital, an information booth at Doha Festival City by the Ministry of Public Health, and workshops for healthcare professionals on topics such as nursing, tobacco control, and diabetes.
According to WISH Partnerships Manager Nick Bradshaw, they are excited to be working with a broad range of partners during the Doha Healthcare Week. He said that the initiative aims to raise awareness on the health resources available in Qatar, and to engage the local community in a wide variety of fun and healthy activities during the week leading up to the global healthcare summit, WISH 2018.
Launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and QF, the new community-focused healthcare festival has benefitted from the support of local partners including WCM-Q, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar Cancer Society, Shangri-La Hotel Doha, The St. Regis Doha, and the World Innovation Summit for Education, another initiative of Qatar Foundation.
International partners include Orbis, The Carter Center, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Nursing Now, and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Doha Healthcare Week runs until 12 November, in the week leading up to WISH 2018, which takes place on 13-14 November.