The UAE is launching the Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) to accelerate progress towards disease elimination. Announced in 2017 through a partnership between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GLIDE will focus on five diseases that can be eliminated regionally or globally – polio, malaria, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis and measles. GLIDE will be based in Abu Dhabi, where it will serve as the first institution of its kind in the region and will build regional expertise in disease elimination and preparedness for responding to disease outbreaks.

GLIDE will work across three areas of impact:

Championing awareness and engagement

Serve as a leading advocate and convener for the disease elimination cause in the region, in affected countries, and globally.

Advancing elimination strategy development

Serve as a catalyst in the creation and execution of country disease elimination strategies and plans.

Innovating delivery systems and tools

Serve as a thought leader by developing and improving tools and systems for disease elimination.