> 1 billion

Those suffering from at least one neglected tropical disease and in need of treatment

106

Number of countries in need of preventive chemotherapy for at least one NTD with 1.74 billion treatments delivered in 2018

205 million

People at risk of River blindness with 21 million cases in 2017

890 million

People at risk of LF/ Elephantiasis with 56 million infected in 2017

405,000

Malaria deaths in 2018, with the majority being children

2

Polio endemic countries

About Us

The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) was announced in 2017 and formally launched in November 2019. This new institute, based in Abu Dhabi, is the only one of its kind in the region, and has been established through a partnership between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Vision and Mission

The Global Institute for Disease Elimination envisions a world free from preventable disease of poverty. We aim to be an innovative leader accelerating progress towards disease elimination to alleviate suffering and improve human lives. With an inter-disciplinary approach, the institute both advances the global understanding of elimination science and supports countries to translate knowledge into action in order to eliminate communicable diseases globally.

GLIDE’s mission is to advance global thinking and accelerate progress towards disease elimination. We do this by building on country ownership and local solutions, promoting an integrated and health systems approach, sustaining progress, engaging catalytically, and working in partnership. 

3 Pillars

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

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

  • Develop partnerships and coalitions through stakeholder engagement efforts
  • Conduct regional advocacy efforts to raise awareness and generate commitments
  • Produce elimination investment cases and other tools for country advocacy

ADVANCING ELIMINATION STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT Serve as a catalyst in the creation and execution of country disease elimination strategies and plans

  • Promote business planning for disease elimination
  • Catalyze support to execute business plans

INNOVATING DELIVERY SYSTEMS &  TOOLS Serve as a thought leader by developing and improving tools and systems for disease elimination

  • Analysis, synthesis and dissemination of lessons learned from disease elimination efforts.
  • Testing innovative approaches in-country
  • Training and consulting for emergency preparedness in UAE and region

About Us

The Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE) was announced in 2017 and formally launched in November 2019. This new institute, based in Abu Dhabi, is the only one of its kind in the region, and has been established through a partnership between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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