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72nd World Health Assembly 

World Dengue Day Civil Society Side Event

Maison de la Paix, Geneva, May 24th 2019

On the occasion of the 72nd World Health Assembly, the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases would like to invite you to participate in: 

Dengue WHA72 Side Event

"Accelerating global cooperation on dengue fever: proposals

for a World Dengue Day"

Maison de la Paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, Geneva

Friday May 24th 2019


Coffee reception from 9.30, discussions 10.00-12.00 & light lunch 12.00-13.00

Hosted by the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dengue fever global and country level landscape 
• Dr. Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela (Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organisation, Director)

• Dr. Raman Velayudhan (Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organisation, Coordinator of the Vector Ecology & Management Unit)
"Dengue: challenges & opportunities"

• Dr. Nakorn Premsri (National Vaccine Institute, Ministry of Public Health Thailand, Director)


Monitoring and control of Aedes aegypti: new tools and strategies 
• Dr. Rachel Lowe (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
"Climate-driven early warning systems for dengue"

• Benjamin Willis (The MENTOR Initiative)
"The rapidly evolving threat of dengue in humanitarian crises"

• Dr. Derric Nimmo (IVCC)
"The role of product development partnerships in controlling insect vectors of disease"

From vector control to vaccines: engaging and mobilizing civil society against dengue fever  
• Dr. Prudence Hamade (Malaria Consortium)
"Behaviour change and community mobilisation for dengue in Asia"

• Pr. Annelies Wilder-Smith (World Health Organisation and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
“Lessons learnt from the introduction of the first dengue vaccine”


This year, the World Health Organisation listed dengue fever as one of 10 global health priorities for 2019. A global collective of patients, researchers, governments, healthcare professionals and advocates is growing worldwide, with the clear goal of reducing the burden of dengue around the world by devising ambitious action plans and collaborations to contribute to this fight against dengue. 

Despite half the world's population being at risk, the global burden of dengue remains substantially underestimated with misdiagnosis affecting healthcare systems worldwide. In parallel, the Aedes mosquito which spreads dengue fever and other viruses is invading new habitats and regions at an alarming pace. Improved water and sanitation is essential in control these mosquitoes breeding opportunities. Global and multi-sectoral coordination across the fields of healthcare, vector control, WASH, community engagement and many more is urgently needed and a global movement for a World Dengue Day is gathering pace.  

Get involved
Add your name to the global petition for a World Dengue Day here and follow the progress of our movement by signing up to the Monthly Global Newsletter.  

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