On the occasion of the 75th UN General Assembly, and to tie in with this year's theme:
"The Future We Want, the UN We Need:
Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism"
the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases in partnership with the Dengue Advisory Group would like to invite you to join a wide range of partners for an online side event looking at the global threat of dengue fever and vector-borne diseases, and the need to strengthen global cooperation in this field:
UNGA75 Dengue Side Event
"From local to global cooperation in dengue: proposals
for a World Dengue Day"
Thursday September 24th 2020
12.00-19.00 UK time
Hosted by the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases
SESSION 1: VECTOR CONTROL & WASH IN THE AGE OF COVID19
12.00 – 13.45 (UK TIME)
- Dr. Richard Allan (CEO, The MENTOR Initiative)
- Dr. Rose Nani Mudin (Head of Vector Borne Disease Sector, Ministry of Health Malaysia)
- Dr. Somia Iqtadar (Dengue Expert Advisory Group, Government of Punjab, Pakistan)
- Valentina Buj (Health Advisor, UNICEF)
SESSION 2: VACCINE HESITANCY, DENGUE & THE CASE FOR REBUILDING TRUST
14.00-15.45 (UK TIME)
- Pr. Heidi Larson (Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
- Dr. Angus Thomson (Senior Social Scientist: Demand for Immunization, UNICEF)
- Pr. Lulu Bravo (Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila)
- Dr. Derek Wallace (Global Dengue Program Head, Takeda)
- Dr. Jean-Antoine Zinsou (General Manager Philippines, Sanofi Pasteur)
SESSION 3: DRIVING INNOVATION WITHIN VECTOR CONTROL
16.00-17.15 (UK TIME)
- Dr. Derric Nimmo (Director of Technical Development, IVCC)
- Dr. Thomas Putzer (Head, Base of the Pyramid Group, SC Johnson)
SESSION 4: CLIMATE CHANGE: IMPACT TO DENGUE
17.30-18.45 (UK TIME)
- Dr. Rachel Lowe (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
- Dr. Sadie Ryan (University of Florida)
Find out more about dengue and the global campaign for a World Dengue Day
Find out more about dengue and the global movement to make this rapidly growing threat a global health priority.
Patients, healthcare practitioners and global professionals speak about how they have been affected by dengue and what a World Dengue Day would mean to them.
In 2019, 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.