Her Highness Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) Sheikha Moza bint Nasser inaugurated the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) 2020 under the banner of "One World, Our Health".
In her opening address, Her Highness highlighted how the pandemic proved that the "health" of every sector depends on the state of the healthcare sector, saying
"We should not have waited for a pandemic to assert how healthcare is central and important to the infrastructure of comprehensive development. We have witnessed this truth become more and more apparent throughout the world this year."
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Her Highness continued:
"In the midst of these trying times brought on by the pandemic, WISH is convening this year to elevate our sense of collective responsibility and unite the world as one - To work together, to share knowledge, to contain this pandemic and to minimize the damage until it is possible for scientists and researchers to restore the health and safety of people everywhere."
Her Highness added that healthcare workers and researchers emerged as heroes during this historic moment, saying:
"I salute healthcare workers in Qatar, and globally, for their tremendous efforts in fighting this pandemic, protecting lives, and tirelessly striving to create a better, healthier world. our youth should exemplify and emulate them in their altruism, dedication and involvement in the health and research sectors."
Attendees at the opening session included H.E. Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation H.E. Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, HE Minister of Public Health Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari, H.E. Director of Public Health Department at Hamad Medical Corporation Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani, and Chair of the National Strategic Group on Covid-19 and Head of the Infectious Diseases Division at Hamad Medical Corporation Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal.
WISH 2020 will feature a wide range of live sessions in different formats, exploring vital subjects including COVID-19, the impact of climate change on health, and immunotherapy. Keynote speakers during the five-day conference include H.E. Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, HE Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy Hassan Al Thawadi, member of the White House coronavirus task force Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Cover image credit: H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Website
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