WISH aims to create tangible and long-lasting solutions in healthcare advocacy, policy, research and delivery. In keeping with this objective, the Summit has been designed to build a network of health experts and to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach, as well as providing a platform for disseminating best practices that can transform healthcare policies and systems globally.
The second World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) took place on 17th and 18th February 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha. Various forums were established for WISH 2015, each chaired and led by a recognised expert in the topic. Prior to the summit, each Forum published a report aimed at policymakers and healthcare innovators, which was then discussed at various panel events throughout the two-day event.
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Communicating complex health messages
The communication of science to the public is a major policy issue. Governments and health system leaders need to communicate the rationale and need for innovation and change in healthcare delivery models in a dynamic political, social and media environment. This Forum will examine the role of mass media and social media in societal debate on issues of health policy, and also consider the science of rumours with reference to health and healthcare.
Delivering affordable cancer care
Cancer is a global health priority. New figures from GLOBOCAN 2012 state that there were 14.1 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million deaths attributable to cancer in 2012, an increase of over 10 percent in four years. At the same time, the cost of treating cancer is rising at an even faster rate. The aim of the Forum will be to make actionable recommendations that might enable policymakers to ‘bend the cost curve’ and ensure sustainable access to cancer care.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that in 2010, 35.6 million people globally had dementia and this number is expected to almost double every 20 years. The costs of providing dementia care are substantial (and unsustainable) and a reliance on informal care in both high and low and middle income countries predominates. The Forum on dementia will focus on post-diagnostic support and treatment and examine innovative systemic, staffing and funding solutions to providing better care.
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According to WHO estimates, there are 347 million people worldwide with diabetes. By 2030 it will be the seventh leading cause of death. The economic burden of diabetes is immense and in 2013 diabetes will take up 11 percent of worldwide health expenditure – $548 billion. The Forum will make actionable recommendations to enable policymakers to more effectively prevent diabetes within their populations, and also to ensure effective treatment for those with the illness.
Healthcare and ethics: genomics
The potential genomics holds in transforming the future of healthcare is immense; however it may cause complex ethical debates and religious issues. Co-organized with the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE), the panel will focus on the development and implementation of genomics and the innovation and ethical challenges behind this revolutionary new approach to medicine.
Maternal and newborn health
It is vital that maternal, newborn and child health remain at the forefront of global and national health policies. The policy briefing aims to build the case for integrating policies, programs and services in ways that improve the quality and accessibility of care for mothers and newborns. This special WISH policy briefing was written by a team led by Ana Langer, Maternal Health Task Force, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health and Joy Riggs-Perla, Saving Newborn Lives, Save the Children. The work was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with WISH.
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Mental health and wellbeing in children
Mental health is a key factor affecting whether children enjoy their lives and become flourishing adults. A sense of wellbeing can increase children’s ability to cope with life and the challenges they will face, both as young people and later in life. This Forum will tackle ways of promoting mental health in children. It will also address the major issue of how children can be better helped when they experience mental health problems.
Fifteen years on from the publication To Err is Human, patient safety is now well established as an imperative for policymakers and healthcare providers and practitioners. However, the prevalence of avoidable harm remains high and healthcare still has much to do to match the safety record of other high-risk industries. This Forum will provide innovative approaches to improving patient safety that will enable policymakers to prioritize it within their health systems.
Universal healthcare coverage
Ensuring access to effective, quality health services, without the fear of financial hardship, is a basic human right. Through the leadership of several key international organizations, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization, there is now a growing global movement towards universal health coverage (UHC). The Universal Health Coverage Forum will focus on creating a robust, yet accessible framework laying out the key questions that senior policymakers should consider when attempting the implementation of UHC.