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WISH 2020 concludes with calls to advance innovation to overcome health challenges

WISH 2020 concludes with calls to advance innovation to overcome health challenges

Tribune News Network
Doha
Bringing together more than 60,000 people from across the globe, the fifth World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) – held virtually for the first time– concluded on Thursday, with calls to advance innovation and global collaboration to overcome healthcare challenges.
Featuring more than 300 global speakers and 100 sessions, attendees heard from international health ministers, scientists, academics, public health leaders, and policymakers. Also, more than 15 policy-focused research reports were released over the course of the five-day summit.
At the closing ceremony, Sultana Afdhal, CEO of WISH, encouraged participants and conference partners to move forward with innovation in healthcare.
“I look forward to continuing our collaboration in the months and years ahead as this community — the WISH community — continues to address and take on healthcare issues that result in real and long-lasting change,” she said.
Her message echoed the opening message of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, who said that the world had a responsibility to ensure that all countries around the world enjoy the benefits of innovation.
He said, “The pandemic is a once-in-a-century crisis, but it is also an opportunity to harness the power of innovation for the healthier, safer, and more sustainable world we all want.”
In her closing remarks, Sultana Afdhal added: “This summit has powerfully demonstrated that there are many other pressing issues, including climate change, that continue to urgently require our focus and expertise and that collaboration is the key to solving many global healthcare issues. Although WISH 2020 is now concluding, our work to highlight and engage health does not.”
WISH announced two grand prize winners from the 30 winning innovators to be selected as part of their Innovation competition. page 14