Posted on April 21, 2018

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), is curating a photographic exhibition at the Education City Student Center that explores the complex health issues faced by communities living in perilous conditions due to conflict, and the work by healthcare professionals to help them. 

The exhibition, titled ‘Healthcare in Conflict Settings: Mitigating Suffering, Offering Hope’, will run from April 23-30, with free entry. A preview event will take place on Sunday, April 22, from 5pm, which will be attended by Dr. Mukesh Kapila, WISH Forum Chair and Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs at the University of Manchester, and exhibiting photographer Showkat Shafi, whose photographs for Al Jazeera of the plight of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar feature in the exhibition.

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The exhibition showcases the work of eight photographers working with organizations such as Qatar Red Crescent, Orbis, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Orbis, Qatar Red Crescent, and Al Jazeera. Among the conflict settings featured are Syria, Yemen, Palestine, and Bangladesh. Kuwaiti photographer Abdulrahman Al Terkait, who has contributed photos of the rehabilitation of amputee children in Syria to the WISH exhibition, said: “Through my pictures I try to convey the challenges faced, but also the positivity of the children I feature. I’m honored to have been included in a photographic exhibition that explores such an important and emotive subject.”

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WISH recently announced that healthcare in conflict settings is to be one of the core topics featured at WISH 2018, which takes place in Doha on November 13-14. A report will be produced ahead of the summit, and an event that brought experts together to discuss the problems faced when delivering healthcare in conflict zones was held earlier this month at the University of Oxford. Public discussions on the subject of healthcare in conflict settings as well as further opportunities for the public to see the WISH photo exhibition in Doha are being planned for the months leading up to the November summit.

WISH 2018 will gather global healthcare leaders at Qatar National Convention Centre to highlight and address some of the world’s most pressing healthcare challenges. WISH’s biennial Doha summits have fast become major highlights on the global healthcare calendar for the thousands of high-level policy-makers, academics, and professionals who attend. It has also become a key platform for the dissemination of healthcare innovation and best practices.