Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Asia Dengue Summit Organising Committee, we are pleased to invite you to the 5th Asia Dengue Summit to be held from 15th-16th January 2022 in Singapore. 

Riding on the overwhelming success of the past four Asia Dengue Summits, the organising committee is geared for the 5th Asia Dengue Summit, this time themed as “Roll Back Dengue”. The summit will once again 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 5th Asia Dengue Summit is co-convened by Asia Dengue Voice and Action (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).

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 not only an endemic disease in the region – rising population densities and climate change are also interlocking to make Asia epicenters for the world’s largest dengue fever outbreaks. In the face of these regional threats, being ever-vigilant with ready responses to dengue outbreaks are every Asian country’s key to lowering fatality rates. Additionally, even as curative action coupled with vector control remain the backbone of dengue control strategies, dengue vaccination should be integrated into dengue control programs in Asia in the longer term. As an independent organization in Asia, it is hoped that ADVA can guide the introduction and use of dengue vaccines to the region.

Singapore, the host country for the 5th Asian Dengue Summit, has like its neighbours been battling a sharp rising trend in domestic dengue infections over the last two years. Therefore, this summit will be an opportunity for the city-state to showcase its dengue-fighting efforts, as well as share the results of any novel dengue-control strategies to date.

To this end, the 5th ADS features a scientific programme that has been updated to reflect the region’s rising awareness of and sharpened focus on dengue. Participants can look forward to engaging speakers and invigorating discussions on key topics such as the latest dengue epidemiology research from Asia, updates on dengue case classifications, diagnosis, infection treatment and vaccine trials; the current state of vector control and other interventions; proposed modifications to vaccination guidelines, overcoming vaccine hesitancy, and more.

To sum it all up, the 5th 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. I urge you to come and join us in Singapore and take home with you valuable insights on dengue management and the many wonderful sights, sounds and experiences from this scenic country!   

Warmest Regards,

Prof Ooi Eng Eong
Organizing Chairperson
5th Asia Dengue Summit 

Prof Zulkifli Ismail
Asia Dengue Voice and Action Group (ADVA) Chairperson

Assoc Prof Daniel YT Goh