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1,000 health experts at Doha innovation summit

Doha, December 12, 2013

Close to 1,000 global health innovators and policy makers from 67 countries gathered in Doha yesterday (Dec 11) to discuss solutions to the most pressing global health challenges at the inaugural World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH).

The two-day summit showcased a practical range of recent innovations from around the world including technological advances, new business models and design-based solutions covering health matters as diverse as obesity, mental health, accountable care, big data and healthcare, antimicrobial resistance, end of life care, patient engagement and road traffic injuries. There was also a special panel on health and ethics.

"There are many health issues that are of global significance, but every country around the world also faces its own set of challenges. Bringing together key international leaders is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from excellent and innovative work elsewhere,” said the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

The second day of the Summit included the launch of the Global Innovation Diffusion report, a ground-breaking initiative that investigates and compares how eight countries' healthcare systems foster, implement and share medical innovation.

The innovative research looks at how Qatar, India, Brazil, the UK, US, Australia, Spain and South Africa diffuse the best new ideas to improve healthcare for their populations.

WISH supports the aims and ambitions of Qatar Foundation and reinforces Qatar's role as an emerging center for medical innovation. Qatar has been at the forefront of healthcare reform in the region with its introduction of a visionary national health strategy. As part of its mission, Qatar Foundation has launched a number of initiatives in healthcare - from scientific research in medicine to maternal health and clinical care.

Saad Al Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation, said: "Qatar Foundation embodies Qatar's National Vision 2030 and supports initiatives that create a healthy and strong society. Fostering healthcare innovation in Qatar and abroad is an integral part of our drive at Qatar Foundation and it gives me great pleasure to welcome our distinguished guests from diverse corners to WISH and Qatar." – TradeArabia News Service




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