Welcome letter

The IHF welcomes you to the World Hospital Congress

On behalf of the IHF, I’m thrilled to say “bem-vindo” (welcome) to spectacular Rio de Janeiro – home of the World Hospital Congress 2024.

International collaboration is the core foundation of the IHF and our Congress. And a fruitful cooperation with our full member, the Brazilian Hospital Federation (FBH), has brought the Congress back to Rio 15 years after the hugely successful previous edition.

We keenly anticipate the opportunity to connect our international community with leaders of hospital and healthcare delivery organizations from across the Americas region. Fresh perspectives on challenges, innovations, and solutions for the healthcare sector will be shared. And a unifying commitment to advance our common vision – improving health for all – will drive our discussions.

Congress provides a forum to harness our collective power and potential to inspire each other to deliver for the communities we serve. The challenges of tomorrow must be met with new solutions. As well as contemporary leadership, our programme will focus on themes related to the healthcare workforce, clinical models to enhance quality, innovations in care and hospital operations, and sustainability. Each of these topics is a key ingredient to ensure that our hospitals and health systems are fit for the future.

I look forward to seeing you this September at the 47th World Hospital Congress. Together we will learn, exchange, and advance. It is sure to be a memorable experience that will have a lasting legacy for healthcare leadership worldwide.

Dr Muna A. Tahlak

President, International Hospital Federation; CEO, Latifa Women and Children Hospital; Chief Medical Officer, Dubai Academic Health Corporation, UAE

Dr Muna Abdul Razzaq Tahlak is the Chief Executive Officer of Latifa Hospital (a 347-bedded specialized maternity and pediatric hospital), part of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), United Arab Emirates.

Dr Tahlak is an obstetrics and gynaecology consultant. She is also the first Emirati woman to complete her specialization in obstetrics and gynecology from the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is American board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr Tahlak is a regular speaker at conferences and has received various awards for excellence in her field. After being IHF Treasurer. Dr Tahlak was elected IHF President Designate in November 2021 and started her mandate as IHF President in October 2023. Additionally, she is a member of several other esteemed national and international societies and associations.

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro from the host of the 47th World Hospital Congress

We are honoured and happy with the opportunity to host the 47th World Hospital Congress. Rio de Janeiro, with its charms and natural wonders, welcomes the global hospital community with open arms. Let’s make this event a historic meeting, with a scientific programme of excellence rich in experiences, connections, and learning.

The main objective of our meeting is to promote an event of “Global learning, local action”. We want to highlight successful experiences and enable the exchange of knowledge on a global level. To this end, we are planning a programme that will include a huge variety of sessions, workshops, and poster presentations, the IHF Awards Ceremony, hospital visits, the i-to-i Innovation Hub, an industry exhibition, and various networking opportunities. We expect to receive more than 2,000 participants from all over the planet.

With a population of 214 million inhabitants, Brazil is one of the largest healthcare markets in the world. Our accumulated experiences show how a country of continental dimensions, with stark socioeconomic disparities between regions, organized itself to offer the largest public health system on the planet, offering comprehensive and universal assistance. For years, we have been a reference in carrying out mass immunization campaigns, performing organ transplants, and executing the largest drug distribution programme on the planet. Currently, there are more than 7000 accredited healthcare establishments in Brazil, of which more than half are hospitals.

The Brazilian Hospital Federation is a pioneering entity in representing and defending the interests of the Brazilian hospital sector. An institution that has represented more than 8000 hospitals in the country for more than 50 years. Alongside the International Hospital Federation, FBH is preparing to make this 2024 edition, in Rio de Janeiro, a landmark meeting. Cidade Maravilhosa, as it is known, provides the opportunity to combine an agenda of debates and networking, with a unique tourist and cultural experience. Furthermore, Rio de Janeiro now has an important range of hospitals and health services, which makes the city one of the most popular destinations for plastic surgery and aesthetic procedures. Finally, a strategic place to promote this long-awaited meeting.

In September 2024, Rio de Janeiro will be the world capital of hospitals, and we are waiting for you all to hold a historic meeting together!

Dr Adelvânio Francisco Morato

President, Brazilian Hospitals Federation (FBH), Brazil

Dr Morato is in his third term at the head of the Association of Hospitals of the State of Goiás, Brazil. Alongside this role, he is also President of the Brazilian Hospital Federation (FBH), which represents more than four thousand health establishments in Brazil.

Dr Morato trained as a urologist surgeon. He later became the General Secretary of the Medical Association of the State of Goiás and is a member of the Union of Hospitals of the State of Goiás and one of the partners of the Instituto do Rim de Goiânia.

Dr Morato became a member of the IHF Governing Council in November 2020. He is also a member of the IHF Executive Committee since January 2023.

Dr Marcus Camargo Quintella

President of the Hospital Association of the State of Rio de Janeiro (AHERJ)

Dr Marcus Camargo Quintella

President of the Hospital Association of the State of Rio de Janeiro (AHERJ)