About the congress

The World Hospital Congress


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 that brings together leaders of national and international hospital and healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions in healthcare management and service delivery. Through this forum, multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences are facilitated, together with dialogue on best practices in leadership in hospital and healthcare management and delivery of services.


IHF member organizations have various opportunities to showcase their accomplishments to peers and the rest of the global healthcare community. The event contributes to the enhancement and enrichment of knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals. The delegate make-up reflects the IHF membership which spans more than 50 countries.


The IHF World Hospital Congress is a one-stop shop for the healthcare professional seeking the opportunity and environment in which to engage in a 360-degree learning and knowledge-sharing experience among peers.


The 43rd IHF  World Hospital Congress is being hosted by the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman on 7-9 November 2018 in Muscat.



The International Hospital Federation


The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental membership organization. Its members are worldwide hospitals and healthcare organizations having a distinct relationship with the provision of healthcare. It provides them with a platform for the exchange of knowledge and strategic experience as well as opportunities for international collaborations with different actors in the health sector.


Established in 1929 after the first International Hospital Congress in Atlantic City, USA as the International Hospital Association, it was re-named after the Second World War in 1947. With its Headquarters in Geneva, the IHF is constituted under the Civil Code of Switzerland. The IHF recognizes the essential role of hospitals and health care organizations in providing health care, 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.





The Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman


MOH OmanThe Ministry of Health is the main provider of health care services in Oman. Its health care system commands high credibility, having been ranked by WHO in the year 2000, as first in the world for its highly efficient health system, and for effective and competent utilization of available financial resources in health services.


Oman was also rated eighth for providing the most comprehensive health care at the world level. The United Nations 2010 Human Development Report listed Oman at the top of the world’s ten leading countries that have made the greatest progress in recent decades in public health.


Oman’s Ministry of Health is closely collaborating with the WHO and WHO-EMRO with regard to its 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and implementation of the Integrated and People Centred Health Services (IPCHS).


The Ministry of Health is also a prominent member of the Gulf Health Council for Cooperation Council States, which include United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Yemen. The Council of the GCC Health Ministers’ has been quite active since 1991 and Oman is a major contributor in terms of formulation of health care policies and international health regulations peculiar to Arab Gulf States, control of infectious and non-communicable diseases, health care programs specific to primary health care, school health, organ transplantation, and hospital care.