The World Health Organization is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Arbovirus Initiative, an integrated strategic plan to tackle emerging and re-emerging arboviruses with epidemic and pandemic potential.

When: Thursday, 31 March at 13.00 CEST


  • Dr Michael J. Ryan, Executive Director Health Emergency Programme, WHO
  • Dr Minghui Ren, Assistant Director General UCN/UCA, WHO
  • Dr Arnaldo Medeiros, Ministry of Health, Brazil
  • Dr Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust
  • Dr John Reeder, Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases TDR, WHO
  • Dr Qasem Mohammed Buhaibeh, Minister of Public Health and Population, Yemen

The webinar will be open to the media and the registration is required.


Arthropod-Borne viruses (Arboviruses) such as Dengue, Yellow fever, Chikungunya and Zika viruses are all current public health threats in tropical and sub-tropical areas where approximately 3.9 billion people live.  The frequency and magnitude of outbreaks of these arboviruses, particularly those transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, are increasing globally, fueled by the convergence of ecologic, economic, and social factors.

Further information: Launch of the Global Arbovirus Initiative