The World Innovation Summit for Health (Wish), a global initiative by Qatar Foundation, has announced that its second summit will take place on 17 – 18 February 2015 in Doha.

Wish inspires and diffuses healthcare innovation and best practices through a global network of high-level policymakers, academics and industry leaders. It remains closely aligned to the vision of  HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation.

In preparation for the 2015 Summit, Wish has  announced the creation of six new research forums that aim to address some of the most challenging global health issues of our time. Chaired by internationally renowned experts, the forums will produce interdisciplinary, evidence-based reports on topics including Communicating Complex Health Messages, Delivering Affordable Cancer Care, Dementia, Diabetes, Patient Safety, and Well-being in Children and Young People.

Eng. Saad al-Muhannadi, president of Qatar Foundation, said “Qatar Foundation is proud to have established the World Innovation Summit for Health, which aims to ensure impactful outcomes in healthcare innovation in Qatar, regionally, and globally.”

“The inaugural summit in 2013 established a dynamic framework for creating a global community of healthcare leaders to find innovative solutions to the most important global health challenges.”

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham, executive chair of Wish and director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College of London commented “Innovation is the answer to achieving better health for all of us, and the commitment to making this a reality at Wish 2013 was inspiring to witness. We need to understand what drives the implementation of innovation throughout global health systems, so WISH will continue to grow in ambition, impact and reach over the coming years.”

Egbert Schillings, Wish’s recently-appointed chief executive officer, said: “I am joining Wish at an exciting time, as it evolves into a leading influence within the global healthcare system – not only through the Summit, but with action-driven communities that promise to accelerate the innovation cycle.”

The inaugural Wish summit which took place in December 2013 brought together more than 1,000 delegates from 67 countries to discuss and debate practical, lasting and innovative solutions to global healthcare challenges.

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