WISH partners with The BMJ to widen global reach of policy research
September 21 2020 08:56 PM
L to R: Prof Howard Frumpkin, Dr Maitreyi Das, Prof Zulfiqar Bhutta, Dr Nadine Burke Harris, Prof Ra
L to R: Prof Howard Frumpkin, Dr Maitreyi Das, Prof Zulfiqar Bhutta, Dr Nadine Burke Harris, Prof Rachel Lowe, Prof Jeremy Hess

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), Qatar Foundation’s global health initiative, has announced a strategic partnership with The BMJ, one of the world's oldest, most respected, and most cited general medical journals.
Under the new partnership, WISH have worked with The BMJ on three reports that will include peer-reviewed academic papers written by global experts. In addition to being presented at WISH 2020, these papers will be published in the high-impact journal, benefiting from the scale and reach of its international readership of doctors and other health professionals. More than 50 million users from over 150 countries access BMJ’s websites every year.
Sultana Afdhal, chief executive officer of WISH, said, “One of the goals of our biennial summit is to find optimal ways for evidence-based research to be translated into practical policy-driven solutions that help deliver healthcare in an efficient and cost-effective manner worldwide. It is, therefore, fitting that we work with a trusted knowledge-leader such as The BMJ, as a research and publishing partner, given our mutual commitment to sharing evidence-based knowledge and supporting healthcare leaders in building healthier communities and improving health outcomes."
The BMJ is an international peer-reviewed medical journal, responsible for publishing some of the world’s most influential research affecting public discourse and policy making. The strategic partnership with The BMJ will contribute to one of the major goals of the biennial WISH summit, which is to disseminate evidence-based content to a wide audience of global leaders, policy makers and healthcare practitioners.
Prof Kamran Abbasi, executive editor, The BMJ said,“ Our expert teams have produced exceptional reports with clear recommendations for health professionals and policy makers. The challenge now is to act on these recommendations to counter the impacts on health of toxic stress, climate change and drought. This year’s summit will play an important part in moving those issues from research into policy.”
The reports commissioned for the summit are each chaired by world-leading experts and supported by a team of senior leaders drawn from the academic, research, and policy arenas. The reports cover toxic stress in children, healthy dry cities, and the relationship between climate change and communicable diseases.
A report on toxic stress and PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder ) in children shall consider the effects of long-term stress on children’s physical and mental development, and develop strategies to mitigate these ill-effects. The forum is being co-chaired by Dr Nadine Burke Harris, surgeon general of California, and Prof Zulfiqar A Bhutta, co-director of the Centre for Global Child Health, The Hospital for Sick Children and founding director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University.
The group convened by The BMJ to consider the relationship between climate change and communicable diseases will highlight global health responses shown to be effective in curbing the impact of climate change on the spread of infectious disease and climate-linked increases in communicable diseases, as well as considering how to fill the gaps in the current body of evidence. The forum is co-chaired by Prof Rachel Lowe, associate professor and Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Prof Jeremy Hess, professor in emergency medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Global Health, and Adjunct Professor, Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington.
The team behind the report looking at the topic of healthy dry cities is co-chaired by Prof Howard Frumkin, professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and Dr Maitreyi Bordia Das, practice manager and global lead at the World Bank. The report aims to identify the most effective strategies for optimising public health policy in tackling urban drought.



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