Health innovations on show at summit

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Some of the most successful health innovations from around the world will be on show at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) taking place this month in Doha.


Professor Lord Darzi

Fifteen of the most innovative solutions, ranging from practical devices to design and digital solutions, will be on display in dedicated, state-of-the-art pods where delegates will be able to hear firsthand from the individuals behind them.

These fascinating ideas include a solar-powered water purifier developed in Sweden and used worldwide to improve access to clean water, and a motorcycle ambulance developed in the UK and used to navigate rough terrain throughout Africa and India, providing healthcare in hard-to-reach areas.

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the Summit will bring together over
600 leading figures including heads of state, ministers, senior government officials, academics and thinkers, and business leaders.

WISH is critical to addressing the global healthcare challenges currently being faced worldwide, such as obesity, mental health, and end-of-life care. These concerns are shared by developed and developing countries alike – and all nations need to work together to find better, more innovative ways to keep people healthy and prevent illness.

Leading voices at the Summit include Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser; Professor Lord Darzi of Denham, Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and Executive Chair of WISH; and John Dineen, CEO of GE Healthcare. Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Aung San Suu Kyi will also address the distinguished gathering.

Qatar’s Minister of Public Health, HE Abdullah Al-Qahtani said, “This Summit is an exciting event in the world of healthcare and builds upon Qatar’s pioneering role in areas such as robotic surgery and cardiovascular research. In learning from each other what works best, WISH will help nations to adopt new ideas for the benefit of people everywhere.”

Professor Lord Darzi said, “Innovation is vital if we are to tackle global health challenges, and WISH is a unique opportunity to see some of the most successful healthcare ideas from around the world in action. We hope to inspire countries to implement some of these ideas to improve the health of their populations.”

WISH supports the aims of Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Vision 2030, and reinforces Qatar’s role as an emerging centre for medical innovation. For more information visit: 

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