In light of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the globe, after careful deliberation, the International Hospital Federation and Unió Catalana d’Hospitals have made the decision to postpone the 44th World Hospital Congress to 8-11 November 2021. More details will be announced in the coming months.


We have continuously monitored the situation and public health and government advice related to COVID-19. This decision to postpone the Congress has been taken in the best interests of IHF members and congress participants – composed of hospital and healthcare leaders, executives, professionals, service providers – for the majority of whom are still in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.


Moving the Congress to 2021 provides us an enhanced opportunity to exchange knowledge and best practices and collaborate with different actors in the health sector. The event will still address healthcare transformation, most importantly, transformations in the new normal era.


As it remains important to the IHF to continue to support hospitals and healthcare organizations through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are planning to host a virtual event in November. The event will put a spotlight on the response of healthcare providers to COVID-19 and the valuable learnings from responding to this difficult crisis and improving resilience. More information will be made available soon.


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We look forward to seeing you in 2021!




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