REACHING THE LAST MILE

Rajitha off to Abu Dhabi for the Global Health Summit

Minister of Health, Rajitha Senaratne is to leave for the Global Health Summit, organized by the Bill Gates Foundation, Carter Centre and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, tomorrow (14). The summit will take place on Wednesday at Abu Dhabi. A team of officials from Sri Lanka will accompany Senaratne.

The theme of the event is reaching the Last Mile: Mobilizing Together to Eliminate Infectious Diseases. The Forum will be held under the patronage of Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and 'will convene over 200 government officials, bilateral and multilateral aid leaders, global health experts, and industry leaders to share insights and best practice on how to map out, eliminate, and eradicate disease.' Interactive sessions, discussions, and workshops will celebrate successes, highlight challenges, and identify solutions through the use of vaccines, technology, global health infrastructure, and public-private partnerships.

Sri Lanka, who has successfully eradicated malaria, will be the centre of attention in several sessions that deal with malaria eradication. During this forum Sri Lanka will be awarded a certificate by the World Health Organization (WHO) for eradicating malaria, while the Sri Lankan officials will share their experience in the State's commitment, the results ofmalaria eradication, the role played by the public and the importance of education.

Dr. Pedro Aionso (Director Global Malaria Programme WHO), Austin Burt (Professor of Evolutionary Genetics – London), Dr. Richard Nchabi Kamwi (Ambassador, Elimination 8), Dr. Winnie Mpanju Shumbusho (Former Assistant Director General WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General, World Health Organization), Ellen Agler (Chief Executive Officer, The END Fund), Dr. Pedro Alonso (Global Malaria Programme, World Health Organization), H.E. Dr. Maha Barakat (Director General, Health Authority of Abu Dhabi and Roll Back Malaria Board Member), Larry Brilliant (Acting Chair, Skoll Gobal Threats Fund), Austin Burt (Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, Imperial College, London), Bill Gates (Co-Chair & Trustee), Dr. Richard Kamwi (former Minister of Health, Namibia), Dr. Bandar M.H. Hajjar (President, Islamic Development Bank Group), Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho (Director of the Guinea Worm Disease Eradication Programme, The Carter Centre) will also speak at the event.

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