Qatar Wins Bid to Host ATBH X Conference in 2020

Doha, Qatar, will host the tenth event of the All Together Better Health (ATBH) conference in 2020, taking the biennial event to the Middle East for the first time. The conference is expected to gather more than 500 health and social care professionals, medical educators, policy makers, students as well as health service users from around the globe for a three-day program which addresses global health challenges against the backdrop of Qatar’s state-of-the-art education and health facilities.

Dr Johanna Dahlberg, Chair of Interprofessional.Global commented, “The confederation, with representations across the globe, welcomes the exciting opportunity for Qatar University (QU) to host the conference and recognises the development of interprofessional education and collaborative practice in the Middle East.”

This will not be the first time QU demonstrates its commitment to interprofessional leadership: in 2015, QU hosted the first Interprofessional Education Symposium followed by the First Middle Eastern Conference in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice with the theme: New Frontiers in Healthcare Education.

Dr Alla El-Awaisi, College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and QU Health Chair of the Interprofessional Education Committee commented, “We are very much looking forward to organising this global conference and creating opportunities for the participants to relate IPE and collaborative practice to global strategies for health and health care and promote an interprofessional culture in both academic and practice settings.”

Qatar offers visa free entry for 80+ nationalities and is home to the award-winning Qatar Airways with over 150 direct flights to the Hamad International Airport with a 50 million passenger capacity.

The 2018 event of the biennial ATBH conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand. At the event QU representatives delivered a presentation to the delegates introducing Qatar as host country for the next event of ATBH. Advancing healthcare is a key pillar in Qatar’s National Vision 2030. Recently, Qatar’s health system ranked 13th best in the world and first in the Middle East by the 2017 Legatum Prosperity Index advancing from 27th in the world in 2008 to 13th place at present. And to further emphasize on the quality of health in the country, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the principal public healthcare provider in Qatar, partnered with the US-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

More information about the event will be available soon.