Refreshments and light breakfast served
Special Remarks by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
UAE Polio Campaign
Polio and Guinea Worm Disease: How do We Cross the Line?
Not since the last case of smallpox in Somalia in 1977 has a human infectious disease disappeared from the face of the earth. However, the world is now nearing eradication of two diseases: polio and Guinea worm. This session will explore what needs to happen to end these diseases, drawing on lessons learned.
Ending Malaria: What Will It Take?
Thanks to effective interventions and increased political commitment, there has been remarkable progress against malaria over the past 15 years. Yet, malaria still claims a child’s life every two minutes and sucks the lifeblood out of economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. This session will focus on where there has been success against the disease, the most pressing challenges that remain and research on potentially game-changing innovations that could ultimately bring an end to malaria globally.
Discussion Leader: Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Chair, RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Former Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization
Attendees can also take time to view the Countdown to Zero Exhibition at Al Maryah Island’s Promenade
Developing and Delivering New Tools for NTDs
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) have plagued mankind for thousands of years. The world has used existing tools to make tremendous progress in recent years, but new technologies are necessary to end these ancient diseases. Fortunately, several potentially revolutionary changes are on the horizon, and public and private partners are coming together to not just finish their development but also create the programs and provide the funding to get them to those in need. This session will focus on the progress that’s been made, leading innovations in NTD technology and the public-private sector’s contribution.
Discussion Leader: Ellen Agler, Chief Executive Officer, The END Fund
A Conversation on Partnering for Disease Elimination
Organizations come to disease elimination from their own specific health and development agendas: advancing universal health coverage, economic development, global political stability and many others. Yet what they share is the common understanding that success is only possible through robust, targeted partnerships. This session will focus on the importance of these partnerships to ending infectious diseases.
Solving Health Challenges with Technology
Speech by Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Recognizing Excellence Around Champions of Health (REACH) Awards
The REACH awards ceremony will honor the work of individuals that have been instrumental in efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease.
Reception with refreshments and viewing of the Countdown To Zero exhibition at Al Maryah Island Promenade.