Registration Opens

Refreshments and light breakfast served

08:30 AM - 09:30 AM

Welcome from Master of Ceremonies

Dr. Celine Gounder, Infectious Disease Specialist & Journalist

Dr. Celine Gounder

09:30 AM - 09:35 AM

Opening Session

09:35 AM - 09:50 AM

Special Remarks by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

(Video Address)

09:50 AM - 09:55 AM

Short Clip

UAE Polio Campaign

09:55 AM - 10:00 AM

The UAE Perspective

Overview of the UAE perspective on global health

Dr. Maha Barakat

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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.

Dennis Ogbe Dr. Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH, DSc Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break

Refreshments served

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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

Prof. Austin Burt Hon. Dr. Rajitha Harischandra Senaratne Dr. Pedro Alonso

11:30 AM - 12:20 PM


Attendees can also take time to view the Countdown to Zero Exhibition at Al Maryah Island’s Promenade

12:20 PM - 01:55 PM

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

Andy Wright Ellen Agler

01:55 PM - 02:40 PM


Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank Group

Jim Yong Kim

02:40 PM - 03:00 PM

Main Plenary
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.

H.E. Reem Al Hashimy Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

03:00 PM - 03:40 PM

Coffee Break

Refreshments served

03:40 PM - 04:00 PM

Solving Health Challenges with Technology

Speech by Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates

04:00 PM - 04:10 PM

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.

04:10 PM - 04:40 PM

Closing Session

04:40 PM - 05:00 PM


Reception with refreshments and viewing of the Countdown To Zero exhibition at Al Maryah Island Promenade.

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
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