The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) dates back to 1929, when it was first held in Atlantic City, USA as a biennial event. Since 2015 it has been held annually across the globe.
The Congress is a unique global forum connecting leaders and decision-makers of hospitals, health services and healthcare organizations to:
- share knowledge and good practices in leadership, management and service delivery
- exchange new ideas and innovations
- network with other senior executives from across the international healthcare community.
IHF member organizations have various opportunities to showcase their accomplishments throughout Congress. The delegate makeup reflects the IHF membership which spans more than 60 countries. It is a one-stop shop for those seeking the opportunity and environment in which to engage in a 360-degree learning and networking experience with global peers.
The Brazilian Hospital Federation (Federação Brasileira de Hospitais - FBH) won the bid to host the event in Rio. They will join the IHF to host the 2024 World Hospital Congress, bringing together hospital leaders and healthcare delivery executives to connect around global learning.
The 47th IHF World Hospital Congress is being co-hosted by the IHF and the Brazilian Hospital Federation on 10–12 September 2024 at the Windsor Convention & Expo Center in Rio de Janeiro.
The International Hospital Federation
Established in 1929, the IHF is a global not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it is the global voice of hospitals and health systems. The IHF provides its members with a platform for knowledge exchange and networking with different actors in the health sector, to improve the standard, quality, and level of service delivery.
The IHF recognizes the essential role of hospitals and healthcare organizations in providing healthcare, supporting health services and offering education. Its role is to help hospitals work towards improving the level of the services they deliver to the population with the primary goal of improving the health of society.
- Abstract deadline - 9 February
- Delegate registration opens - March
- IHF Awards submission opens
- i-to-i Innovation Hub submission opens
- Abstract notification – 30 April
- Early bird registration deadline - 30 June
- IHF Awards submission deadline
- i-to-i Innovation Hub deadline
- World Hospital Congress - 10–12 September
The IHF is excited to welcome you to Rio in 2024. Rio is an exhilarating, modern city, full of reminders of its past and a bold cultural identity that shapes its future. With rich natural beauty, from the beaches to the hills and forests, Rio also offers spectacular museums and galleries, restaurants, and – of course – music and dancing! You can expect a warm welcome, sunshine, and unforgettable moments.
The 2024 Congress is taking place at the Windsor Convention and Expo Centre, located beside the beach in Barra da Tijuca.
This vibrant, modern neighbourhood is ideal for international events. It conveniently gathers large conference and exhibition spaces, with local attractions in easy reach, and several large, quality hotels ready to welcome delegates.