About the 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


From a moderate capacity and poor population’s health status in 1970, the MOH has evolved to become a prominent contributor to the prosperity of the Omani people and establishing Oman as a health care system resource country for the other Gulf Cooperative Countries (GCC), to countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) and to the world at large.


Today, the MOH is proud of its modern and organized health care system that covers the promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative programs and services with an exemplary referral network of primary, secondary and tertiary health care institutions, including 70 modern hospitals with about 6500 beds, and over 1300 health centers and clinics.



We welcome you to the World Hospital Congress in Muscat


We are delighted to head to the beautiful country of Oman to discuss with you the topic “People at the heart of health services in peace and crisis”. Hospitals are not isolated islands – we are very much integral parts of our communities and are supported by their strength and deeply affected by their troubles. In a world that is ever changing, building resilient institutions to better serve our communities – both in peace and in crisis a fundamental issue for all hospital managers.


In hard times – as well as in good ones – however, it is always important to remind ourselves of what our ultimate mission is. As managers, quite often, we see ourselves focused on innovations and technologies, payment and management models, legal and financial issues – and it is easy to forget that all these subjects are tools, not ends in themselves. Fundamentally, hospitals care for people. Just as importantly, people are the most important element in providing quality, safety and value to patients within hospitals.


People are at the heart of health services and also at the heart of the World Hospital Congress. It is your participation, the ideas that you share and the conversations that we will have as a global community of hospitals and health services that will make this Congress wonderful. We hope you will join us and share your knowledge with your colleagues in this congress. So, on behalf of the IHF, let me greet you and give you a warm welcome to Muscat and to the 2019 World Hospital Congress!


Dr Francisco R. Balestrin

IHF President