Dr. Rifat Latifi participated at the 17th Annual STAR-TIDES Capabilities Demonstration held at George Mason University’s Mason Square campus in Arlington, Virginia

April 17, 2024
Washington DC


Dr. Rifat Latifi participated in the 17th Annual STAR-TIDES Capabilities Demonstration, held at George Mason University’s Mason Square campus in Arlington, Virginia.

As the Former Minister of Health of the Republic of Kosova, President and Founder of the International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation, and President of the Kosova College of Surgeons, Dr. Latifi participated in the discussion of the introduction of innovative products and activities of the STAR-TIDES global knowledge-sharing network.

The theme of this year’s demonstration, “Adapting to Climate Change,” emphasized the urgent need for collaborative, cross-sector approaches to help communities navigate the challenges posed by a changing climate. Dr. Latifi’s presence and expertise highlighted the importance of leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable resilience and promote human security in the face of environmental threats.

During the event, Dr. Latifi shared insights on the activities of the International Virtual e-Hospital, discussing how the foundation is creating a sustainable platform for advancing healthcare systems globally. By emphasizing the critical role of technology in enhancing healthcare delivery and improving access to medical services, Dr. Latifi underscored the importance of medical diplomacy and collaborative efforts in addressing the complex challenges of our time.

During a working dinner at the prestigious Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., Dr. Rifat Latifi introduced the concept of “Initiate-Build-Operate-Transfer” as a demonstrable strategy for sustainability in developing and post-conflict countries. This strategic approach emphasizes the importance of initiating projects, building infrastructure and systems, operating effectively, and eventually transferring knowledge and resources to empower local communities for long-term sustainability.

Dr. Latifi’s insights shed light on the significance of adopting sustainable development practices in regions facing challenges such as lack of resources, infrastructure, and stability. By implementing the Initiate-Build-Operate-Transfer strategy, countries can not only address immediate needs but also establish frameworks for lasting impact and resilience in healthcare, education, and other essential sectors.

The discussion at the Cosmos Club provided a valuable platform for policymakers, academics, and industry experts to explore innovative solutions and collaborative approaches to promote sustainable development and improve the quality of life in vulnerable communities. Dr. Rifat Latifi’s vision for sustainable progress in developing and post-conflict regions underscored the importance of strategic planning and long-term commitment to building a brighter future for all and was received very well by participants from both academia, policymakers, and industry.

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Dr. Latifi with Yuki Karakawa, Teuro Kawasugi and Takuma Kawasugi
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Dr. Latifi with Mario Kranjac and Andreas Karas
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Dr. Latifi with Dr. Michael McDonald – Oviar Global Resilience Systems, Dr. Pete Killcomons – President of Medweb, Board Member of IVeH and Honorary Fellow of KCS, and Professor Yuki Karakawa – Humanitarian and Board Member of IVeH


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