Qatar International Medical Congress 2016 (QIMC 2016), a one-of-a-kind exhibition which brings together the most established companies and experts in the health and medical community, took place between 18-20 May in Qatar’s continuous attempt to improve the medical sector.
The congress focused on several areas including hospital equipment supplies, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, sports, medical and rehabilitation. Held in Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), QIMC 2016 incorporated for the first time a Health and Beauty section, showcasing local, regional and international health and beauty establishments ranging from cosmetics to medical spas. This new addition was established “to target new business and build relationships with health and beauty professionals from the public and private sectors,” as stated on QIMC’s official website.
As part of Qatar National Vision 2030, under the Human Development umbrella, healthcare improvement is essential. Health is a primary factor which affects the productive capabilities of the population. A society that provides a safe, accessible and effective healthcare system to their population will create much room for improvement and development among itself. With this in mind, the inaugural QIMC was created in 2015, successfully boasting 150 exhibitors and attracting around 8,000 visitors. QIMC has provided a foundation for the development of a medical industry in Qatar as well as for other businesses that thrive on the success of this industry by creating a market in which foreign investors can interact directly with local and regional business.
QIMC was created under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Prime Minister and Minister of Interior. Among its many strategic partners, QIMC 2016 is allied with prominent organizations such as the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, and Primary Health Care Corporation.
This year, the three-day medical congress was held to provide an opportunity for medical industry experts to interact and discuss the latest technological advancements within their industry. The congress started with an official inauguration by Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health.
Renowned international and local experts were invited to present and comment new scientific findings. Among them was Professor Johannes Schweizer, Vice President of Arbor Vista in the United States, who discussed how biomarkers affect the effectiveness of cervical cancer screening. Dr. Sam Ali of US-based Denka, a chemical company, gave a talk on advancing microbial diagnostics technologies to improve detection and patient outcome. Dr. Micheal Aupetit touched on the Qatar Genome Project as he spoke of Visual Analytics on the 1000 Genome Project.
In the exhibition hall, booths were divided into strategic sections in which medical companies were able to connect and network with businesses of similar interests. Exhibitors ranged from medical research organizations such as Qatar Cancer Society, to medical centers and beauty facilities such as Bronzage Spa. Health & Life Magazine was invited to showcase our Qatar-based health magazine which focuses on local news and spreading relevant wellbeing awareness.