The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), recently participated in the 68th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Dakar, Senegal.
Representatives from WISH were invited to the committee meeting by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, in order to better understand the pressing health challenges facing communities across the continent and learn about the efforts being made to control and combat life-threatening diseases such as malaria, Ebola, and other neglected tropical diseases.
The meeting, opened by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, and Macky Sall, President of Senegal, was attended by health ministers and ministerial delegations from 47 countries that constitute the WHO Africa region. They discussed further steps to stem the rise of non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease across the continent, as well as highlighting success stories including the announcement of Africa’s last documented case of wild polio virus two years ago.
During the meeting, WISH CEO Sultana Afdhal, and her team, briefed ministers and other high-level delegates about the forthcoming WISH 2018 Summit in November. Afdhal also met with HE Seraya Ali Mahdi Saeed Al Qahtani, Ambassador of Qatar to Senegal, to update him on the highlights of the WHO meeting and the role of WISH as an official observer at the session, as well as to review the various projects undertaken by Qatar in Senegal.
WISH is delighted to attend this important event, and we are particularly grateful to be invited as official observers by Dr Moeti, who graciously took the time out of her busy schedule to hear about the forthcoming WISH summit and who has accepted our invitation to attend WISH 2018 in November.
Attending the Senegal meeting offers us a valuable opportunity to learn first-hand about the efforts being made across Africa to improve healthcare provision. It has also enabled us to speak to ministers and other delegates about WISH 2018 and answer any questions they may have about the summit. We hope to welcome many of those we had the pleasure of meeting in Dakar to our event in Doha in November.’
WISH 2018 will feature nine research forums, each led by an internationally-renowned expert in their field. The forums will highlight and address topics that cover medical, ethical, technological, and humanitarian aspects of healthcare.
WISH’s biennial Doha summits have quickly become a major highlight of the global healthcare calendar for thousands of high-level policymakers, academics, and professionals. Prospective delegates to WISH 2018 are invited to register online via wish.org.qa.