Abu Dhabi will host a major international conference on Wednesday with the ambitious goal of eradicating many of the world’s most destructive diseases.
Reaching the Last Mile is under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates.
The title of the conference directly relates to two diseases, polio and Guinea worm disease, which are on the verge of eradication.
Other diseases, including malaria and river blindness, still bring misery and sickness to millions around the world, and particularly in Africa.
Last night, Sheikh Mohammed said: "Abu Dhabi welcomes the guests of the global health forum #ReachingtheLastMile which will be launched tomorrow. Our best wishes for a successful event. International cooperation and collective action is our way to address the health challenges that afflict humanity."
They will assess continuing efforts to eliminate and eradicate these diseases and examine strategies for the future.