Posted on October 02, 2018

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), has invited ten young innovators from around the world to showcase their work at the upcoming WISH 2018 summit, following a competition to find innovators under the age of 30 who have developed a novel health-related product.

The WISH Young Innovators program provides a platform for tomorrow's most promising healthcare leaders to present their innovations to delegates attending WISH 2018, which will be held in Doha from November 13-14. This year’s Young Innovators represent 10 different countries: Qatar, Syria, Kuwait, Switzerland, Russia, the UK, Malaysia, Uganda, Sweden, and the US.

Among the winners are Qatar-based Munira Aden, who works as a nurse at Sidra Medicine, a QF member, and Dalal Al-Sharshani, who is a nurse at Hamad Medical Corporation. Together, the two young healthcare professionals created iCommunicate, which uses cards with Arabic and English words written on them to help patients communicate across language barriers. Both Aden and Al-Sharshani, who are studying a Master of Science in genomics and precision medicine at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, a member of QF, developed their idea during a module on entrepreneurship offered as part of their master’s degree program.

Ms. Al-Sharshani said: “In hospitals, language barriers can cause misunderstanding between patients and nurses, negatively affecting the patient outcomes and quality of care delivery. That’s why we created these communication cards.” Other 2018 winners include Yaman Abou Jieb, whose PenCam is a high-resolution camera connected with a mobile phone application to help legally blind people read and write; Ahmed Nabeel, whose Aquscope is a surgical laparoscope that automates the cleanup process and reduces time spent on surgeries; and Allen Mohammadi, whose Heartstrings is a non-invasive and low-cost technology for screening and early diagnosis of heart disease.

Sultana Afdhal, CEO, WISH, said: “At WISH, we are proud to celebrate the spirit of innovation by offering these young entrepreneurs and innovators a unique opportunity to meet leading health experts, policy and decision makers from around the world. WISH provides a gateway for these innovators to network as well as develop and promote their ideas. “This year’s cohort has impressed us with their ingenuity and we are confident that their talent and commitment to global healthcare will help bring about positive change for the many people around the world who will benefit from their innovations in the future.”

WISH 2018 will see 2,000 global health experts and policymakers gather in Doha for the latest installment of WISH’s biennial gatherings, which have quickly become established as a major highlight of the global healthcare calendar, playing an important role in the dissemination of healthcare innovation and best practices. The summit will explore a range of pressing global healthcare issues through a series of thought-provoking panel discussions, and will showcase innovators and their innovations in the WISH Innovation Hub. This year’s summit will be preceded by a week of healthcare-related events across Doha during Doha Healthcare Week, which runs from November 6-12, 2018.

For further information about WISH, visit www.wish.org.qa and @WISHQatar on Twitter.

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