A New Fund to Advance the Elimination of Two Neglected Tropical Diseases Is Launched
The Reaching the Last Mile Fund was launched during the Reaching the Last Mile: Mobilizing Together to Eliminate Infectious Diseases global health forum held in mid-November in Abu Dhabi. At this event, his Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, launched the fundto raise US$ 100 million to advance elimination of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis, two of the seven neglected tropical diseases on which USAID focuses.
The forum convened more than 200 global health experts, country leaders and advocates to identify concrete ways to reach the very last mile of eliminating preventable diseases. Leaders discussed how public-private partnerships, technology and collaboration can advance effective and sustainable global health outcomes. USAID looks forward to collaborating with the newly launched Fund to advance the elimination agenda, coordinating and co-investing in countries where USAID is currently providing support.
The 4th annual Global Digital Health Forum will be held in Washington, DC, December 4–6, 2017.
The Digital Health & Interoperability Working Group Meeting will be held immediately after the Global Digital Health Forum, December 7–8, 2017, in Washington, DC.
MEDIA MENTIONS AND RESOURCES
Global Health and the Future Role of the United States (National Academy of Medicine Consensus report)
Engaging the Private Sector and Developing Partnerships to Advance Health and the Sustainable Development Goals (features Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge)
Innovative Product Development Partnership Reduced Neonatal Mortality in Nepal through Improved Umbilical Cord Care (features Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge)