Announcing the list of key speakers attending the Last Mile Forum

– Major commitments to support polio eradication efforts announced on 19 November in Abu Dhabi.

– Forum calls for intensified efforts to eliminate infectious diseases.

ABU DHABI, 11th November 2010 (WAM) – The Reaching the Last Mile Forum today announced the names of high-level speakers participating in the Forum.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Forum will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 19, 2019 to highlight the intensification of efforts to eliminate infectious diseases. Update on the elimination of infectious diseases, including the announcement of international pledges to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The forum will be attended by a group of high-level global leaders in the field of global health, including officials and experts from various sectors of international, governmental and private sectors, philanthropy and academia.

The forum is scheduled to begin with keynote addresses from global health leaders by Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimi, Secretary of State for International Cooperation; HE Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Director of UNDP; Dr. Gibrisus, Director-General of the World Health Organization; Peter Sands, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Fund; Dr. Seth Berkeley, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (JAVI);

The Forum will include a series of keynote and panel discussions and an update on the eradication of infectious diseases.

More than 250 world leaders and experts from various international, government, private and philanthropic sectors, philanthropy and academia will participate in the Forum.

The Forum will celebrate the achievements made in eradicating infectious diseases, highlighting the challenges of achieving the goal, and will allow for solutions to be reached on the last mile in the eradication of infectious diseases.

The forum will include topics such as leveraging technology to strengthen health systems, promoting awareness-raising efforts to raise awareness of global health issues and honoring unknown heroes and innovators in the elimination of infectious diseases. It will include a series of key declarations on commitments made to combat neglected tropical diseases and the outcome session of the Lancet Committee on Malaria Eradication.

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes significant new financial commitments from major donors and partners, will be announced on the sidelines of the Forum and will be allocated the additional $ 3.27 billion needed to support the final phase of the 2019-2023 Eradication Strategy.

The strategy outlines the roadmap towards a world free of all polio viruses, and the Forum for the Last Mile will begin to bridge this funding gap and make commitments for new resources to completely eradicate polio.

“We are about to eradicate polio and other debilitating diseases that affect the world’s most vulnerable people,” said Dr. Chris Elias, head of global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Reach the Last Mile Forum provides an important opportunity for a group of global health professionals to meet to agree on the next steps in the eradication of these diseases. The award celebrates frontline health workers who demonstrate immense leadership, courage and unparalleled commitment to disease eradication, and will be awarded to 15 frontline health workers and innovators whose efforts contribute to disease eradication. Current for exceptional figures whose front-line efforts have contributed to the eradication of polio, Ebola, malaria, sleeping sickness and river blindness.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to someone who has dedicated their careers to the elimination of infectious diseases. During 2017, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the former President of the United States and the founder of the Carter Center, Jimmy. Carter, in recognition of his efforts in the fight against infectious diseases.

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