The 2021 World Hospital Congress taking place in November will provide us an enhanced opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices on healthcare transformations driven by people, value and technology. Considering how COVID-19 has challenged healthcare organizations, it is critical to discuss how these transformations contribute to the enhancement of responsiveness, flexibility and resilience. We are opening the 2nd Call for Abstracts this March for projects and programs that demonstrate transformations key to achieving agility, guaranteeing adequate responsiveness and improving the resilience of healthcare systems and hospitals. Stay tuned!

Read more: IHF World Hospital Congress Call for Abstracts re-opens in March


Young executive leaders who have proven outstanding merit in healthcare management can have the chance to exchange with peers on capital healthcare issues, as well as to interact with talented thought leaders from all around the world. Through IHF Young Executive Leaders program, participants will build sustainable relationships and expand their network internationally. As a group, they will discuss current trends, challenges and opportunities for the young healthcare leaders of today, creating an environment for vibrant and exciting dialogue.


Throughout 2021, the selected Young Executive Leaders (YELs) will share experience and work together on topics related to the 2021 World Hospital Congress (WHC). The selected topics are a vehicle rather than an objective per se. Through this program, IHF seeks to connect young leaders across the world, broadcast the younger generation’s perspectives on global challenges, and build sustainable relationships. The program ends in November at the WHC, to be held 8-11 November 2021 in Barcelona, after which they will join the growing YEL Alumni.

Due to the crisis that we faced worldwide in 2020, the YELs mainly focused on 2 topics:
1. The challenges of being a digital leader in times of Covid-19
2. Towards post-Covid-19: Lessons Learned and Challenges for Hospital Leaders


One of the best ways to honor the sacrifices made in the fight against COVID-19 is to learn, improve and transform our healthcare institutions and system to be safer, stronger and better for our patients, staff and local communities.


The IHF Beyond COVID-19 Taskforce has published a new report offering insights into how hospitals can embrace new ways of delivering healthcare, whilst responding to the evolving coronavirus pandemic: ‘Building the ‘New Normal’: Harnessing transformative practices from the COVID-19 pandemic’.


Acting as a radical disruptor to the ‘normal’ way of doing things, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated transformations within healthcare at an unprecedented pace. Never have hospitals and healthcare organisations been forced to change so radically in such a short period of time. We have seen critical care services being run virtually using digital technologies; organisations rapidly up-skilling staff and mobilising volunteer carers at scale; the breaking-down of workplace silos to ensure patients receive integrated care; creative architectural solutions to manage flows of people in and out of hospitals as part of infection control.

Read more: Building the New Normal: Harnessing Transformative Practices from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Success can be defined in a variety of ways, but all the definitions have one common denominator, the achievement of set out goals or purposes. Similarly, in the context of COVID-19, success stories are defined and measured in various ways – from a better understanding of the disease, a greater testing capacity, a reduction in numbers of infected persons, lowering mortality rates, and other metrics.



Online training over 4 weeks during 3 – 27 November 2020

Deadline for submission: 18 October 2020, 18:00 CET



WHO is developing activities to support the country pandemic preparedness and to mitigate the current COVID-19 pandemic which is accompanied by an infodemic. There is an urgent need to address the infodemic accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, as most countries are battling both. As the world seeks to accelerate the development of medical countermeasures including treatments and safe, effective vaccines, as well as introduced public health measures, misinformation about both has been spreading and growing.

In order to successfully address and mitigate the current infodemic and promote more effective future response, conference participants of the WHO 1st infodemiology conference recently contributed to a draft public health research agenda that cuts across many fields of specialization. From physics to law to behavioral science to epidemiology to user experience and design—it is clear that an infodemic manager would need a wider array of skills and expertise to successfully address infodemics that go beyond traditional boundaries of epidemiology, risk communication and community engagement and digital media.

WHO and partners invite applications from experienced professionals from the fields of epidemiology, risk communication, health service delivery/health care workers, digital health, policy making (in health and intersectoral), who are responding to the current COVID-19 and overlapping infodemics at country level.

Read more: Call for applicants for 1st WHO training in infodemic management

From UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Food Programme and UNHCR

Global school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children’s education, protection and well-being.

Schools do much more than teach children how to read, write and count. They also provide nutrition, health and hygiene services; mental health and psychosocial support; and dramatically reduce the risk of violence, early pregnancy and more. And it’s the most vulnerable children who are the hardest hit by school closures, and we know from previous crises that the longer they are out of school, the less likely they are to return.

When deciding whether to reopen schools, authorities should look at the benefits and risks across education, public health and socio-economic factors, in the local context, using the best available evidence. The best interest of every child should be paramount.

The guidelines aim to inform the decision-making process regarding school reopening, support national preparations and guide the implementation process, as part of overall public health and education planning processes. It is designed to be a flexible tool that can be adapted to each context and updated as the situation changes. The guidelines outline six key priorities to assess the readiness of those schools and inform planning.

Read more: Framework for Reopening Schools

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