More than 10,000 people participated in the inaugural Doha Healthcare Week earlier this month – organised by the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health.

A nursing leadership training session.
A nursing leadership training session.

The week-long events put the spotlight on health in Qatar through capacity-building workshops, lectures, and seminars for healthcare professionals, as well as through a wide variety of fun and informative activities targeting Qatar’s wider population.

Involving 18 local and international partners, Doha Healthcare Week saw 54 special health-focused events and activities across Doha in the week leading to WISH 2018, the biennial gathering of global healthcare leaders.

According to WISH CEO Sultana Afdhal, supporting Qatar’s capacity-building efforts in the healthcare sector is important and that they were particularly encouraged to receive a high level of engagement and support from Qatar’s healthcare providers and their workforce. She said that the successful Doha Healthcare Week showed how people across Qatar are leaning towards adopting healthier lifestyles.

WISH Partnership Manager Nick Bradshaw said that beyond the involvement of healthcare professionals and institutions, the week-long activities also attracted a large number of participants who actively joined the sporting activities, health checks, cooking classes, film screenings, and even the photography exhibition that focused on exploring the impact of health on people living in parts of the world affected by war.

We are extremely grateful for the support of partners from across Qatar and beyond, who played a pivotal role in making the week of events a success.’

The latest edition of the WISH summit was held at Qatar National Convention Centre earlier this month, participated by over 2,000 local and international healthcare experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and ministers.

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