Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Asia Dengue Summit Organising Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 4th Asia Dengue Summit to be held from 14th to 15th July 2019 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Riding on the overwhelming success of the past three Asia Dengue Summits, the organising committee is geared for the 4th Asia Dengue Summit. The summit will provide a unique opportunity for everyone in the dengue community (clinicians, researchers, government public health leaders and policymakers) to come together to exchange ideas, updates and achievements on dengue management strategies for the region.

The 4th Asia Dengue Summit is co-convened by Asian Dengue Vaccination Advocacy (ADVA), Global Dengue and Aedes transmitted Diseases Consortium (GDAC), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network (SEAMEO TROPMED) and the Fondation Mérieux (FMx). The Summit is supported by the Indonesian Medical Education and Research Institute and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia.

Along with dengue experts from academies and research institutions, representatives from the Ministries of Health, the regional and global World Health Organization (WHO), ADVA, SEAMEO TROPMED, GDAC, the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), the FMx and others will participate to provide a broad overview of the current status of dengue and its management across Asia.

Dengue is an endemic disease in the region, so Asian countries are locked in a never-ending fight against dengue infection. The disease has no specific treatment, hence being ever-vigilant with ready responses to dengue outbreaks are key to lowering fatality rates. At present, curative action coupled with vector control remain the backbone of dengue control strategies, although sustainability is weak. Dengue vaccination should hence be integrated into dengue control programs in Asia in the longer term. As an independent organization in Asia, it is hoped that ADVA will be well positioned to guide the introduction and use of dengue vaccines to the region.

Indonesia, the host country for the 4th Asian Dengue Summit, has also seen a sharp spike in dengue cases over the first few months of 2019. As the country grapples with this dengue outbreak, it is a fitting time to showcase Indonesia’s 50-year fight against dengue via a parallel symposium (“Dengue Outbreak Response”), pre-summit workshops for medical students (“A to Z about Dengue”), and a poster gallery exhibition.

To sum it all up, the 4th Asia Dengue Summit will serve as a platform for dengue experts from across the region (and worldwide) to discuss the issues that surround dengue disease management and propose strategies that can enhance dengue control. Such a wide representation of key stakeholders will help throw light on the burden of dengue, its management, new vector control strategies and successful vaccine introduction across the region.

The local organizing committee is working relentlessly to make this summit a fruitful platform of learning and collaboration. We urge you to come and join us in Jakarta and take home with you valuable insights on dengue and the many wonderful sights, sounds and experiences from this scenic country!

Warmest Regards,

Prof Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro
Organizing Chairperson
4th Asia Dengue Summit

Dr Maria Rose Capeding
Asian Dengue Vaccination Advocacy Group