Looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has tested our interconnected world, our health systems and society as a whole, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Health and Wellness Week explored the opportunity offered by the UAE and Expo 2020 to come together to design a healthier and happier global society.
Held on 2 February in collaboration with Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), the virtual live-streamed event brought together International Participants, partners and renowned global experts for panel discussions and Q&As.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy , UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai, opened the event with a call for all stakeholders to work together during Expo 2020 to re-create an inclusive, global health system that is preventative and protective of all, rather than some.
Sessions, now available on demand, included a discussion with representatives from Hungary about how the country’s abundant mineral-rich springs can be used to treat a range of health conditions. Another celebrated female frontline health workers, while discussing opportunities to tackle gender discrimination, bias and inequalities within the health sector.
Health and Wellness Week was the sixth in a series of 10 thematic weeks –
launched in October 2020 with Space Week – that brings together influential
policymakers, thought leaders, Expo participants and the public to help shape
the thought-provoking content and conversations taking place during Expo.
Expo 2020 is already supporting a number of healthcare-related innovations and projects across the world.
They include MeeTwo – a UK-based mental health app that helps teenagers talk about difficult issues – and Coolar, whose electricity independent, water-based cooling technology enables off-grid health facilities in developing regions to reliably store lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Both are supported under Expo 2020’s global innovation and partnership programme, Expo Live.
Not-for-profit projects can apply for the BIE-Cosmos Prize, with the winner to receive a donation of EUR 20,000
Fifty people who buy a Season Pass or a Family Package will be entered into a raffle to win an invitation for themselves and a guest to Expo’s invite-only curtain-raiser
Dettol, named Expo 2020’s Official Hygiene Partner, will provide top-quality hygiene products to ensure safety of all visitors, participants and staff
The Plus, The Bolt and The Drop Pavilions will bring a unique sense of fun to discovering more about Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability