The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is working with leading local and international organisations to present a series of sessions that shine a spotlight on a range of health-related issues during its forthcoming virtual conference, WISH 2020, taking place on 15 to 19 November.

These 45-minute ‘In Focus’ sessions are delivered in collaboration with organisations including Qatar Charity, Save the Children, the Carter Center, and Doha Forum. The sessions draw on each collaborator’s wide network of experts to bring fresh insights to discussions, as part of the upcoming gathering of global health leaders.

‘The Pathway to Localization: The Importance of Building Health Capacity in Developing Countries’, presented in partnership with Qatar Charity will focus on the long-term benefit of properly engaging local stakeholders in the delivery of health initiatives in developing countries.

On the same day, The Carter Center will host a session featuring Dr Donald Hopkins – the only man to lead successful efforts to eradicate an infectious disease. His insights in the eradication of smallpox 40 years ago are particularly pertinent now, with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other sessions in this series will focus on different aspects of the pandemic, including a session on fake news and COVID-19; one on the challenges of developing vaccines and administering them effectively; and one, led by Nursing Now – a global initiative created to raise the profile of nurses and midwives that coincides with this year being designated as The Year of the Nurse.

Their session ‘Mental Health of Frontline Workers: Tools, Approaches, and Policies to Help Yourself and Others’, will highlight the extraordinary stress nurses and other frontline healthcare workers are facing as they continue to deal with patients affected by the pandemic.

The session led by Doha Forum, titled ‘Geopolitics and the Global Response to COVID-19’, will present findings from the upcoming Doha Forum report on initial emergency international responses to the pandemic and will consider the possible political implications of the pandemic over the coming years.

Save The ChildrenAway from COVID-19, a session titled ‘The Children of the Frontline’ , which is led by the charity Save the Children, will look at the challenges of delivering healthcare to children living in areas affected by conflict.

United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries will present ‘Technology Transfer: Future-proofing Health for All’, The UN Tech Bank is one of the youngest entities in the UN system, with a mandate to support science, tech and innovation in the least developed countries.

Finally, ‘Essence of Equality: The African Network of Medical Excellence’ will be presented in collaboration with the Italian NGO, EMERGENCY, whose remit is to provide free medical treatment to victims of war and to poor, under served communities. Their session will explore efforts to create African-led centres of excellence across Africa.

These ‘In Focus’ sessions, will take place virtually in the Ibn Sina Theatre. The first of two daily sessions will run from 4:15 pm to 5 pm (GMT+3) and the second from 8:15 pm to 9 pm (GMT+3).

Under the banner ‘One World, Our Health’, WISH – Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative – will be releasing more than 15 research reports with policy-driven recommendations around several themes of the summit. These focus on issues such as mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and climate change and health.

To view the full programme and register to attend the virtual WISH 2020 free of charge, visit wish.org.qa. You can also click on the link below for more information about the event. 


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World Innovation Summit for Health (Virtual WISH 2020)