Wish launches Doha healthcare week with support of leading health sector partners

Inaugural festival offers week of diverse health activities across Doha

Wish launches Doha healthcare week with support of leading health sector partners

Doha, Qatar: The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has announced the activities taking place during Doha Healthcare Week, which kicks off on Tuesday, November 6.

The inaugural seven-day festival will feature a host of workshops, health checks, and mental and physical wellbeing activities. A wide range of free events will also promote healthy living and showcase the services offered by Qatar’s leading healthcare providers, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), and Al-Ahli Hospital.

During Doha Healthcare Week, members of the public who answered a call to register last month will have the opportunity to visit the Flying Eye Hospital. A fully functioning medical facility operated by global eye health charity Orbis, the hospital is a converted cargo plane that flies all over the world to provide medical treatment to those in need. The aircraft will be based at the old airport in Doha for the duration of Doha Healthcare Week.

Additional highlights include an exhibition at the QF Recreation Center and QF Headquarters showcasing the work of internationally-renowned photographers, focusing on the health effects of war; a special free screening by Doha Film Institute of ‘Life: Animated’ in MIA Park on November 7,at 7pm; a Diabetes Walkathon at Education City, organized by QF member Qatar Diabetes Association on November 9 at 2pm; football on the beach at Katara each evening with ‘Sahtak Awalan – Your Health First,’ an initiative of QF partner university Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q); and healthy cooking classes for families at The St. Regis Doha on November 10.

Other activities include cancer checks by PHCC, free health check-ups by Al-Ahli Hospital, an information booth at Doha Festival City set up by the Ministry of Public Health, and workshops aimed at healthcare professionals around topics such as nursing, tobacco control, and diabetes.

Nick Bradshaw, Partnerships Manager, WISH, said: “We are excited to be working with a broad range of partners to create Doha Healthcare Week. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the health resources available in Qatar, and to engage the local community in a wide variety of fun and healthy activities during the week leading up to our global healthcare summit, WISH 2018.”

Launched in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health and QF, the new community-focused healthcare festival has benefitted from the support of local partners including WCM-Q, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar Cancer Society, Shangri-La Hotel Doha, The St. Regis Doha, and the World Innovation Summit for Education, an initiative of QF.

International partners include Orbis, The Carter Center, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Nursing Now, and Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Doha Healthcare Week runs from November 6-12, in the week leading up to WISH 2018, which takes place from November 13-14.

For the full Doha Healthcare Week program, visit www.wish.org.qa/dohahealthcareweek2018 , and @WISHQatar on Twitter.


About the World Innovation Summit for Health

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices. WISH is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and is under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, its Chairperson.

The inaugural WISH Summit took place in Doha in 2013 and convened more than 1,000 global healthcare leaders. Through international summits and a range of ongoing initiatives, WISH is creating a global community of leading innovators in healthcare policy, research and industry. Together, they are harnessing the power of innovation to overcome the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges and inspire other stakeholders to action. 

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development.

QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.

 QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit http://www.qf.org.qa 

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