Malaysia to host WUWHS Congress in 2026

by NURUL SUHAIDI / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

MALAYSIA will be hosting the World Union of Wound Healing Society (WUWHS) Congress 2026 after winning the bid last Friday during the WUWHS General Assembly held in Abu Dhabi. 

The WUWHS 2026 will be held in Kuala Lumpur with a target to bring around 5,000 delegates. 

It is also expected to have an economic impact of RM108.7 million and visitors expenditure of RM46.4 million to the Malaysian economy. 

The proposed theme for WUWHS Congress 2026 which is “Global Paradigm Shift: Wound Management Specialty and Recognition” has been well accepted by the delegates. 

The Malaysian bid was presented by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) CEO Datuk Seri Abdul Khani Daud and Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals (MSWCP) president Prof Dr Harikrishna KR Nair, with an 11-member delegation. 

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri congratulated the Malaysian bid team on their success, saying that the victory will assist individuals working in the wound healing profession as well as patients. 

“I would like to congratulate MyCEB and MSWCP for bringing home a big win for Malaysia to host the prestigious WUWHS Congress in 2026. 

“We believe that business events activities such as WUWHS Congress 2026, will bring profound benefits to our nation, especially to those in the wound healing profession and the patients as well,” she said in a statement yesterday. 

She added that the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture acknowledges that business events are an important economic activity that will boost the economic recovery and in full support of MyCEB’s work. 

Meanwhile, Abdul Khani said MyCEB will continue to work closely with all associations and stakeholders in Malaysia to attract more international business events to the country. 

“This partnership with MSWCP is very important as we need to address the challenges that Malaysia is facing today, which is the ever-increasing number of diabetic populations that need urgent care from wound specialists. 

“We not only showcased what Malaysia has to offer as a business events location but also our longterm strategic action plan to enable Malaysia and other developing countries to gain access to wound care in the same way that developed countries do,” he said in Abu Dhabi during the final bid presentation. 

He added that MyCEB will ensure that WUWHS Congress 2026 will be successfully organised and delegates will have the most unique experience coupled with Malaysian hospitality. 

Adding to it, Dr Harikrishna who is attached to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital said the MSWCP team has worked hard in gaining the trust and votes from global member societies in this bid process. 

“I am honoured to represent Malaysia alongside Datuk Seri Khani (picture) in presenting a compelling value proposition for WUWHS to choose Malaysia. 

“We hope that Malaysia may become Asia’s wound healing centre of excellence, leaving a legacy for future generations,” he said. 

Dr Harikrishna, who is also MyCEB’s Kesatria ambassador, will take up the presidency position in 2024 and when the Congress is held in Malaysia in 2026. 

The WUWHS conference is held every four years and is noted to be the “Wound Olympics” with the usual target of over 6,000 delegates worldwide.