47th IHF World Hospital Congress


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Global learning,
local action

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Windsor Convention & Expo Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The World Hospital Congress is a unique global forum connecting leaders and decision-makers of hospitals, health services, and healthcare organizations.

Health sector leaders and hospital executives from across the globe come together at Congress 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.

As the only organization connecting managers of hospitals and health systems worldwide, the IHF’s Congress provides a unique opportunity to engage in a 360-degree learning and networking experience with global peers.

The first Congress was held in 1929 in Atlantic City, USA. Taking place in different regions each edition, the Congress has been held as an annual event since 2015.

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The Brazilian Hospital Federation (Federação Brasileira de Hospitais – FBH) won the bid to host the event in Rio de Janeiro in September 2024. Co-hosting with the IHF, they will bring together international hospital leaders and healthcare delivery executives under the banner of “Global learning, local action” with a focus on advancing leadership in the sector to be fit for the future.

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About the IHF

Established in 1929, the IHF is a global not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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, sustainability, and level of service delivery.

The IHF supports healthcare leaders to excel with training and development. Through its members, it is the voice of hospitals on the global stage.


2024 Key dates

1st Quarter

  • IHF Awards submissions open: 8 February
  • Innovation Hub entries open: 8 February
  • Abstract deadline: 29 February
  • Delegate registration open: March

2nd Quarter

  • IHF Awards submissions deadline: 19 April
  • Innovation Hub entries deadline: 19 April
  • Abstract notifications: 30 April
  • Early bird registration deadline: 28 June

3rd Quarter

  • World Hospital Congress: 10–12 September

About the destination

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.


About the venue

The 2024 Congress is taking place at the Windsor Convention and Expo Center, 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.

Sustainability at the World Hospital Congress

With the help of the Geneva Sustainability Centre, the IHF and FBH are working to organize an environmentally sustainable Congress. By prioritizing sustainability, the WHC can act as an example to participants for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of events, providing a positive experience to visitors and preserving the local environment for its community. We’re currently working with our partners and suppliers to implement sustainable practices at the Rio Congress.