Posted on November 21, 2018

The World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at exploring future cooperation opportunities in research and healthcare policy.

In the presence of Her Royal Highness Dr. Mona Fahad Al Said of Oman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Cooperation, Sultan Qaboos University, the MoU was signed by Ms. Sultana Afdhal, CEO of WISH, and Dr. Amer Bin Ali Al Rawas, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Community Service at Sultan Qaboos University. HRH Dr. Al Said applauded the efforts of WISH and highlighted the importance of this agreement, saying: “It sends a message that both institutions are determined to join hands for the betterment of health, not only in the region but worldwide.” She also stated that: “Both institutions will work on many other fronts to harness the collaboration on several areas in academia, research, and health.”

In signing the MoU, WISH and Sultan Qaboos University agreed to operate staff exchange initiatives as well as sharing scientific and technical information, and to co-organize seminars, conferences, workshops, and training programs in Qatar and Oman. Both organizations will also promote joint research activities in the fields of biomedical sciences, mental health, diabetes, cancer, patient safety, Islamic ethics, maternal and neonatal health, and environmental health. "WISH seeks agreements that help realize our vision of a healthier world by strengthening global cooperation through concerted efforts with various partners and stakeholders,” said Ms. Afdhal.

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“Such partnerships represent an additional step that will help us further future research cooperation. And I am particularly pleased to be building a relationship based around research and policy with such a strong partner from our region.” The MoU aligns with WISH’s strategy of establishing strong ties with major stakeholders across the healthcare industry, both locally and internationally. In Qatar, WISH has worked with organizations like Qatar Autism Society and Child Development Center to develop and implement innovative educational programs to support children with special needs and autism.

Internationally, WISH has forged partnerships with key organizations that share WISH’s dedication to developing the health and wellbeing of societies. Partner organizations include the World Health Organization, with whom WISH is developing a global nursing database, and the Carter Center, an organization founded by former US President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to improve global health and promote peace, with whom WISH is collaborating on a number of mental health awareness initiatives.

The latest edition of the WISH summit was held at the Qatar National Convention Centre from November 13-14, with the participation of over 2,000 local and international healthcare experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and ministers.

For further information about WISH, please visit and @WISHQatar.