UAE aims to eliminate Malaria at both local and international levels

UAE aims to eliminate Malaria at both local and international levels

This year, the UAE marked the World Malaria Day on April 25 under the theme "Harnessing innovation to reduce the burden of malaria and save lives". The occasion also represents the UAE's efforts and achievements made in the continuous fight against malaria at the local and global level. 

The UAE has been consistently working to raise awareness about this deadly disease which threaten humanity.

Significantly, the UAE has reported no malaria cases in the country in 1997. In addition, the UAE was official recognised malaria-free in 2007 in accordance with the efforts made to control the disease. 

After years of efforts, the UAE continues to develop plans to diagnosis and examine imported malaria cases with the aim of providing the latest medicines and free treatments to maintain the health and wellbeing of the community. The UAE has never hesitated to provide aid and support to the humanitarian issue at both local and global levels. 

Over the years, the UAE has been providing financial support to the "Roll Back Malaria Partnership". It affirms its international responsibility and the significance of accelerating the pace of confronting the disease. In line with this responsibility, the UAE continues to provide the necessary investments to develop new measures to eradicate malaria from the country and worldwide. 

The UAE has received appreciation from international health organisations for its efforts to fight malaria under the guidance of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. 

Recently, the UAE's Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi and Last Mile programme partnered with Malaria No More to launch a new global institute aimed at combating malaria in the face of climate change and weather volatility. 

In 2020, Sheikh Mohamed awarded US$1.5 million to Malaria No More to monitor the effectiveness of climate-informed malaria strategies through Forecasting Healthy Futures (FHF).

On the occasion of World Malaria Day, the Ministry of Health and Prevention stated that it is following an effective strategy to immunise the community against communicable and infectious diseases. As part of this strategy, the UAE authorities will be improving the efficiency of the preventive health systems and epidemiological surveillance programme to explore treatments for imported cases in the country.

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