Who are We ?

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an international not for profit, non-governmental membership organization.

Our members are worldwide hospitals and healthcare organizations having a distinct relationship with the provision of healthcare. We provide 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. Our role is to help international hospitals work towards improving the level of the services they deliver to the population with the primary goal of improving the health of society.

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Our vision is a world of healthy communities served by well managed hospitals and health services where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.


Our mission is to:

  • Support organizations in the promotion and delivery of healthcare
  • Promote interaction among different health system actors
  • Sharing of knowledge and experiences
  • Support creation of new national hospital associations
  • Dissemination of evidence-based information
  • Help hospital decision-makers define strategies



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2019 World Hospital Congress: Call for abstracts closes on 15 February

2019 16 Jan

Abstract submissions for paper presentations and posters for the 43rd World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation will be closing on 15 February. Hospitals and health service providers interested in showcasing their innovations, best practices and outstanding programs to the international community are encouraged to  submit... Read more

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Abstract submission for the 43rd World Hospital Congress now open

2018 16 Nov

The 43rd World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation opens its call for paper presentations and posters, inviting professionals from hospitals and health service delivery organizations to submit their abstracts. The International Hospital Federation and the Ministry of Health of the Sultanate of Oman, organizers of... Read more

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2018 International Hospital Federation Award winners revealed

2018 10 Oct

The winners and merit awardees of the 2018 International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards were revealed today at the Awards Ceremony held at the 42nd World Hospital Congress at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.   The IHF Awards, which celebrates and recognizes hospitals and healthcare organizations with demonstrable... Read more

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International Hospital Federation Awards Finalists Revealed

2018 11 Jul

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) announced the 27 finalists in the four categories of the 2018 IHF Awards which honors innovations and outstanding achievements in the healthcare industry. The IHF awards program received a record number of 160 entries from 118 organizations in 33 countries for the IHF / Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award and... Read more

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IHF World Hospital Congress keynote speakers announced

2018 02 May

  The first keynote speakers for the 42nd World Hospital Congress have been announced! The World Hospital Congress will be held on 10-12 October in Brisbane, Australia and health sector leaders and patients will be examining the question “How can healthcare evolve to meet 21st century demands?”    Each day will look at this question from a... Read more

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International Hospital Federation Awards deadline extended to 30 April

2018 13 Apr

Due to overwhelming demand, entry submissions for the 2018 International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards has just been extended to 30 April. Hospitals and healthcare organizations that have outstanding projects and programs can still enter for a chance to be internationally recognized. The IHF Awards Committee has just announced that they will... Read more

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43rd IHF World Hospital Congress

7-9 November 2019

Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre
Muscat, Oman

Theme: People at the heart of health services in peace and crisis

More information here.

International Hospital Federation Awards

The IHF Awards recognizes and honors hospitals and health service delivery organizations for innovation, excellence, outstanding achievements and best practices in the following categories:

IHF/Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award (exclusive for IHF members)
IHF/EOH Excellence Award for Leadership and Management in Healthcare
IHF/Austco Excellence Award for Quality & Safety and Patient-centered Care
IHF/Bionexo Excellence Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

More information here.


IHF regularly conducts webinars which showcases achievements, innovations, experiences and relevant topics that can benefit health systems and organizations.

To view the schedule of our upcoming webinars and recordings of past webinars go to: http://bit.ly/ihfwebinars