World Health Day 2015

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is lending its support to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ‘World Health Day’, taking place on Tuesday 7 April 2015.

World Health Day is a global awareness day celebrated every year providing a vital platform for drawing attention to major global health concerns. This year highlights the significance of food safety, aiming to prevent the many illnesses and suffering that can result from consuming contaminated and ill-prepared food. Commenting on the significance of World Health Day, Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, Executive Chair of WISH and Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College of London, said:

WISH and our community of health experts believe that good health is an essential human right and a cornerstone of sustainable development and global security. Our WISH policy reports provide recommendations for policymakers to implement much needed change in how global healthcare is financed and delivered. WISH stands alongside WHO today offering our support, we will continue working with governments worldwide to bring about change and prevent unnecessary suffering.’

Over 200 diseases are caused by unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, chemical substances and is linked to the deaths of some two million people annually, mostly children². Changes in food production, distribution and consumption; the environment; new and emerging pathogens; and antimicrobial resistance all pose challenges to food safety systems.

WISH is spearheaded by QF to inspire and diffuse healthcare innovation and best practice. It remains closely aligned to the vision and mission of QF to unlock human potential and reinforces Qatar’s pioneering role as an emerging centre for healthcare innovation.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was a focus of research undertaken by WISH and presented in Qatar in 2013. An area of huge medical concern as growing numbers of bacterial and viral infections are now resistant to antimicrobial drugs. Since the report was published, its evidence-based recommendations have been shared widely with global leaders and policy makers and in 2014, it used to contribute to an AMR Independent Review commissioned by UK Prime Minster, David Cameron.

For more information about WISH and to view reports, visit WISH’s website.