The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, has participated in the 68th session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa in Senegal.
Representatives from WISH were invited to the committee meeting in Senegal by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, 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 all 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 poliovirus two years ago.
Sultana Afdhal, meets with Dr Matshidiso Moeti
Sultana Afdhal, CEO of WISH, and her team briefed ministers and other high-level delegates on the forthcoming WISH 2018 summit, to be held in Doha on November 13 and 14. Afdhal also met with Seraya Ali Mahdi Saeed al-Qahtani, Qatar's ambassador 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.
Afdhal said, “WISH is grateful to be invited as official observers by Dr Moeti, who graciously took 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 efforts being made across Africa to improve healthcare provision. It has also enabled to speak to ministers and other delegates about WISH 2018 and answer any questions they may have about our summit.”
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