WISH Blog

By Mahmoud ElAchi, MSc, Head of Innovation, WISH Who said innovators must have the brightest minds? Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything”. Having left school, he was fired from his first two jobs after being told he was non-productive. So how could someone with Edison’s school and early work record go

The growing pains of going virtual

By Sultana Afdhal, CEO, WISH There’s a certain feeling of smugness when you’ve settled on a summit date, booked the venue and chosen the Event Management Company. With the main logistics of the summit in place by late 2019 we started thinking on the topics, discussing the launch of innovation competitions and planning all the peripheral

Behind the Scenes at Virtual WISH 2020

By Maha ElAkoum, Head of Content, WISH November 19, 19:48 (GMT +3): and that’s a wrap! It’s been a wild and (drumroll please for the adjective of the year) unprecedented summit week. There were moments we thought we couldn’t possibly pull it off in time, moments we exchanged looks of panic followed by nervous laughter. Moments
By Mahmoud ElAchi, MSc, Head of Innovation, WISH Healthcare has come a long way in the last century. Breakthroughs in diagnoses, treatments and cure have improved the quality of life, even increasing the average lifespan – from 52 years for a person born in 1960 to 72 for someone born in 2018 [1]. Driven mainly by

Nurses are our healthcare heroes

By Sultana Afdhal, CEO, World Innovation Summit for Health – an initiative of Qatar Foundation The year 2020 has been named as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization (WHO). With the world presently engulfed by an unprecedented healthcare challenge, this designation could not be more timely. COVID-19 has brought
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By M. Walid Qoronfleh, PhD, MBA, Director of Research and Policy, WISH As an American, I am accustomed to celebrate the traditional Thanksgiving Day, which is a National USA holiday celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. The holiday reminds us to be thankful to the people and things in our lives. And, as

Pakistan Patient Safety

By M. Walid Qoronfleh, PhD, MBA, Director of Research and Policy, WISH ARE YOU A CONFERENCE FAITHFUL? How many conferences do you attend a year? What impact have you felt and what value do you derive from it? WISH was in attendance at an international conference held in Islamabad, Pakistan late 2019. Between 30 November –

Religion and medical ethics symposium

My name is Mooza Al-Hail, and I am a first-year medical student at Qatar University. I was honored to attend the recent Religion and Medical Ethics Symposium organized by the World Innovation for Health (WISH) and the Pontifical Academy for Life at The Vatican, and I would like to share my perspective on attending the
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