We are closer than ever to overcoming some of the world’s most deadly and debilitating diseases.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, is committed to ending preventable diseases that affect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities and helping millions of children and adults live healthy, dignified lives.

He makes unique long-term commitments to several diseases focusing on areas in which his engagement can make the maximum impact, prompt others to act, or chart a new path. To catalyze faster change, the approach across the portfolio incorporates active partnership, innovative financing, and the development of new areas of expertise.

“The humanitarian community, more than ever before, needs to join the efforts to tackle diseases and epidemics, and find solutions to all the challenges that prevent people from accessing healthcare when they need it. This is a humanitarian mission for the whole world.”

- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

Over the past 10 years, the UAE has invested more than US$ 300 million in improving health outcomes for people around the world. Our work provides treatment and preventative care in communities that lack access to quality health services, with a specific focus on reaching the last mile of disease elimination.

Together with our international partners, we work to end some of the world’s most deadly and debilitating diseases, including polio, Guinea worm disease, lymphatic filariasis, river blindness and malaria.

Today, and as a result of exceptional coordinated global efforts, two major global diseases, Guinea worm disease and polio, are set to become the next human diseases in history to be eradicated, following the eradication of smallpox in 1980.

The world is also making incredible strides reducing burden and eliminating diseases like river blindness and malaria that were once the deadliest and most feared in the world. Fewer people are suffering from neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and many countries are eliminating them entirely. In the last five years, the number of people at risk for NTDs has fallen by 20% – from 2 billion to 1.6 billion.

It has taken an extraordinary level of partnership to get to this point, but much more remains to be done. The UAE is committed to working alongside its partners to ensure every person around the globe leads a dignified life.