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Keep up with the latest news and updates from Reaching the Last Mile and our partners

Opinion: How Human Innovation Shapes Global Health

1 November 2019

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and REACH Award judge, discusses how health care breakthroughs have far-reaching effects in an interconnected world in addition to celebrating the achievements of on-the-ground innovators and local community workers by recognizing them through awards like the REACH award.

Investing in Frontline Health Workers

27 September 2019

PROJECT SYNDICATE. Maha Barakat, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Health Authority, discusses the importance of investing in frontline health workers, how the world continues to underestimate their capabilities and contributions which in turn affects them and the communities they serve severely.

Opinion: Health Care Providers Risk Their Lives for Others. How Can we Care for Them?

26 September 2019

DEVEX. Abdullah Khalifa Al Ghafli, Director of the UAE Pakistan Assistance Program, explains how the global community can best support frontline health workers, who are not only exposed to risks in being in close contact with infection and disease, but can also become entangled in political conflicts and even civil wars.

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court Announces Solver Prize Recipient Following MIT Solve Challenge Finals

24 September 2019

The Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court today announced Faircap Clean Water as the recipient of the MIT Solve Innovating Together for Healthy Cities Prize, selected at the Solve Challenge Finals live pitch event in New York on Sunday.

Second Biennial Reaching the Last Mile Forum to Focus on ‘Accelerating The Pace’ in Infectious Disease Elimination

18 September 2019

Over 250 prominent global health leaders will gather in Abu Dhabi on 19 November for the 2019 Reaching the Last Mile Forum, which will focus on "Accelerating the Pace" eliminate infectious diseases faster. The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

UAE Permanent Mission to the UNOG Host Event in Geneva to Progress Critical Work Needed to Eradicate Polio

10 September 2019

The Permanent Mission of the UAE to the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) hosted an invitation-only event centered on polio eradication at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva yesterday.

UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme: Polio to be Eradicated from Country by 2022

29 August 2019

PAKISTAN TODAY. The government of UAE is determined to eradicate polio from Pakistan by the year 2022 through its initiative, the Emirates Polio Campaign. Latest figures show that the program has successfully vaccinated 71 million children since 2014.

Nominations Extended until 4 August for 2019 REACH Awards, Honoring Frontline Health Workers and Innovators in Disease Elimination

13 July 2019

At the request of several partners and members of the public, we are pleased to announce that we have extended the nominations deadline to 4 August 2019. Nominations are now accepted in French and English and can be made in three categories..

Nominations Open for 2019 REACH Awards, Honoring Frontline Health Workers and Innovators in Disease Elimination

22 May 2019

Awards established by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and adjudicated by prominent global health leaders; recipients to be announced at Reaching the Last Mile Forum in November

The Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023

30 April 2019

GPEI. In support of GPEI's Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023, GPEI will host a pledging event at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Abu Dhabi, with the support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, a longtime champion of polio eradication.

UAE provides 371 million polio vaccines to Pakistani children

05 January 2019

GULF NEWS. The UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme launched a campaign as part of its efforts to eradicate polio in the world. The campaign administered 254.4 million doses of vaccines between 2014 and 2017 to 43 million Pakistani children.

ADNOC Marks World Polio Day with Display on Headquarters Building

24 October 2018

THE NATIONAL. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company paid tribute to health workers around the world, battling to eradicate polio, with a video display marking World Polio Day on its headquarters building in the UAE capital.

98% of Poliomyelitis Eliminated in Pakistan, Says UAE-PAP Director

23 October 2018

GULF NEWS. The UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme has succeeded in reducing the number of polio cases in Pakistan from 306 cases in 2014 to four cases in October 2018, a decrease of 98 per cent. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad donated $167 million for the efforts aimed at eradicating poliomyelitis and the provision of vaccines for children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

New Institute to combat Infectious Diseases

17 November 2017

GULF NEWS. In collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, announced the establishment of a state of the art institution for disease elimination. The institute will work with international partners and leverage Abu Dhabi’s unique talents and assets in the path towards eliminating infectious diseases.

Reaching the Last Mile: New $100M fund Announced in Abu Dhabi

15 November 2017

THE NATIONAL. The Reaching the Last Mile Fund, announced at a major global summit in Abu Dhabi, will receive $20 million from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, $20 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and $30 million from the British government. The fund aims to rid the world of two devastating infectious diseases.

New Awards Honor the Courage of those Fighting Some of the World’s Worst Diseases

15 November 2017

THE NATIONAL. Recognizing Excellence around Champions of Health (REACH) Awards launched at the Reaching the Last Mile forum in Abu Dhabi and recognized 4 exemplary global health workers who have made outstanding contributions to fighting infectious diseases.

Abu Dhabi to Launch Campaign to Reach ‘Last Mile’ on Preventable Disease

19 September 2017

DEVEX. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi will host a Global Health Forum later this year that will serve as a “stepping out” for the United Arab Emirates’ role as a major player in eliminating neglected tropical disease. In partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carter Center, the forum, will focus on as many as 20 NTDs and preventable diseases, including polio, malaria, Guinea worm, and river blindness.

Mohammad Contributes $5M to Combat Malaria

18 September 2017

GULF NEWS. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, announced his contributions to support action and progress in the battle against malaria. The funds will be provided over three years to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), a global initiative for coordinated action against malaria.