World Dengue Day

ISNTD-ADVA World Dengue Day Forum – Cross Sector Synergies

Building on a rapidly growing global consensus, in 2018 the International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases (ISNTD) started a worldwide dengue awareness campaign, which included calling on the UN and WHO to designate a World Dengue Day.

Its petition for a World Dengue Day ( has to date garnered over 26,500 signatures, endorsed by a growing and global collective of patients, policy makers, researchers, professionals and advocates from over 110 countries, who share the clear goal of reducing the burden of dengue around the world. 

In addition, ISNTD also convened an international and multi-sectoral Dengue Advisory Group, comprised of partners from Ministries of Health, research and academia, NGOs and civic society, to guide this campaign. 

Such a move is not without precedent. On 15 June 2011, ASEAN Health Ministers first declared that day — and each subsequent 15 June — ASEAN Dengue Day. This important annual event allows ASEAN members, in coordination with WHO, to consolidate dengue prevention and control measures. 

The World Dengue Day campaign is aiming to achieve the same – on an international scale given the rapidly growing global threat of dengue.

Growing population densities, unplanned urban development, poor water storage and unsatisfactory sanitary conditions are all common factors that contribute to the worsening burden of this mosquito-borne disease – not just for ASEAN, but for many countries around the world.

The disease has significant impact on the socio-economic status of every country. Tackling dengue is everyone’s concern. 

Hence, in commemoration of ASEAN Dengue Day 2021, and the first World Dengue Day, ISNTD and ADVA are jointly organising ISNTD-ADVA World Dengue Day Forum – Cross Sector Synergies, held online from 13 to 15 June 2021.

Through public webinars and virtual exhibitions, ISNTD-ADVA World Dengue Day Forum – Cross Sector Synergies aims to grow the international dengue prevention community, whose members include vector control, disease surveillance, patient advocacy groups, healthcare providers, NGOs, public-health services, and providers of safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

ISNTD-ADVA World Dengue Day Forum – Cross Sector Synergies marks a day that all governments, civil societies, public and private sectors, schools, universities and citizens, can devote to dengue awareness-raising actions. 

Additionally, the Forum will give countries around the world a platform to share their strategies for increasing public awareness of dengue, mobilize resources for its prevention and control, and demonstrate their commitment to tackling dengue.

About the Forum – Cross Sector Synergies

We and our Co-conveners, Asia Dengue Voice and Action (ADVA) Group, in collaboration with the Global Dengue and Aedes transmitted Diseases Consortium (GDAC), Fondation Merieux (FMx), International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases(ISNTD) and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network (SEAMEO) is continuing our battle against Dengue infection. In the upcoming ASEAN Dengue Day on 15 June 2021, we continue to work with ISNTD to continue the global initiative to establish World Dengue Day.

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Programme Schedule

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All time in Kuala Lumpur/Manila/Singapore Time (GMT: +0800)

Sunday 13th June Monday 14th June Tuesday 15th June

Commemorating 2021 ASEAN DENGUE DAY & Advocacy for WORLD DENGUE DAY opening session

All Co-convenors and Supporting Institutions

Mr Kamran
Prof.Zulkifli Ismail


ISNTD: Dr Kamran

ADVA: Prof.Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro

Title: Fighting dengue is a never ending story

  1. Multi-sector partnership approach in dengue cases reduction

    Mr Budi Gunadi Sadikin
    Minister of Health (Indonesia)


1pm – 2:30pm

Symposium Title: Dengue Situation In Indonesia Supporting Institution – Indonesian Paediatric Society

Moderator: Dr Maria Rosario Capeding

  1. Opening Speech by Dr Aman Pulungan. Executive Director of the IPA and President of the APPA & IPS
    The Indonesia Pediatric Society – Commitment in Combating Dengue
  2. Beyond COVID-19: Dengue situation in Indonesia

    Dr Maxi Rondonuwu
    Head of Directorate General of Preventation and Control Diseases, Indonesia MOH

  3. AFIRE Study in Indonesia: an observational cohort to assess dengue cases

    Dr Made Susila Utama
    Internist from Udayana University and PI of Indonesia AFIRE study

  4. Successful of “Tunggal Dara” dengue control programme

    Dr Hakam

Time: 1pm SGT on Monday

Symposium Title: Dengue Therapeutics –

Prof Ooi Eng Eong

  1. NITD-688, a pan-serotype inhibitor against dengue NS4B
    Dr Gu Feng
    & Dr Stephanie Moquin
  2. Repurposing Ivermectin
    Dr Panisadee Avirutnan


Takeda Symposium

Moderators: Prof Usa Thisyakorn & Prof Tikki Pangestu

  1. Advanced Science: COVID-19 and dengue immunization

    Professor Emeritus Sutee Yoksan (Mahidol University Thailand)

  2. Dengue Infection immunogenicity

    Professor Lisa Ng (A*STAR Singapore Immunology Network Singapore)

  3. TAK-003 Immunogenicity: early-phase studies

    Dr Vianney Tricou (Takeda Clinical Development)

  4. TAK-003 Efficacy and Safety: phase 3 clinical study

    Dr Walid Kandeil (Takeda Medical Affairs)

  5. Vaccine Hesitancy

    Professor Tikki Pangestu (NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Singapore)

  6. Discussion
3:00pm- 4:30pm Sanofi Symposium Title: Immunization against Dengue: Targeting with Confidence

Moderator: Prof Tikki Pangestu (NUS Yoog Loo Lin School of Medicine Singapore)

Panellist: Dr Stephanie Meyer (Dengue Global Medical Expert, Sanofi Pasteur)

  1. Dengue vaccination: Where are we now?

    Dr Leong Hoe Nam (Singapore)

  2. How to know your statue of prior dengue infection and why it matters.

    Prof Terapong Tantawichen (Thailand)

  3. How to implement pre-vaccination screening in your practice? Thai Perspectives
    Assoc. Prof. Thanyawee Puthanakit (Thailand)


Chulalongkorn University Tropical Medicine Cluster Symposium: Dengue in the midst of COVID19 Pandemicr

Moderator: Prof Usa Thisyakorn

  1. Dengue in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

    Prof Terapong Tantawichien

  2. Dengue Virus Transmission during COVID-19 Pandemic

    Dr Stefan Fernandez

  3. Epidemiology of Dengue during COVID-19 Pandemic

    Dr Jurai Wongsawat

  4. Dengue and COVID-19: Double Trouble

    Dr Nattachai Srisawat

  5. Breakthrough Approach on Dengue Vaccination amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    Professor Sutee Yoksan


5:00pm – 6:30pm Title: Biomarkers, Pathogenesis and New Horizons for Dengue Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Moderator: Mr Kamran Rafiq

Dr Kevin Maringer

Dr Neelika Gathsaurie Malavige

Dr Priya Shah

Symposium Title: Indonesian Paediatric Society – Symposium 2
Title: From dengue research to clinical implementation

Moderator: Prof. Adi Utarini

  1. Distinct Dengue Epidemiology and Viral Characteristics in Western, Central and Eastern regions of Indonesia

    Dr Tedjo Sasmono
    Senior Research Fellow & Dengue Unit Head of the Eijkman Institute

  2. Fluid and monitoring: the primary modality of dengue case management
    Dr Ida Safitri Laksono
    Pediatrician from Gajah Mada University and Peer Reviewer WHO Dengue guideline 2009
  3. Markers of Dengue-Related severity and mortality

    Dr Anggraini Alam
    Pediatrician from Padjadjaran University and Head of Infection & Tropical Disease of the IPS

Symposium: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Resilience Against Future Threats (RAFT) project in Conjunction with Malaria Consortium:


Moderator: Dr Leo Braack

  1. Aedes Dengue Vector Species in South East Asia; Are there others than Ae. aegypti and Ae. Albopictus?

    Dr Ronald Enrique Moreles Vargas

  2. The Global Vector Hub as an important repository and tool for hosting and sharing dengue vector data.

    Dr Frederik Seelig

  3. Getting the measure of adult Ades age, an important parameter in dengue epidemiology.

    Dr Jo Lines


Symposium Title: Tackling and Preventing Dengue Fever: the Road to Integrating Vector Control and Surveillance into Communities

Moderator Mr Kamran Rafiq

  1. Building an integrated dengue surveillance system in Ethiopia
    Dr Ryan Tokarz
  2. Dengue Tracking system- Punjab Pakistan
    Assoc. Prof. Somia Iqtadar
  3. Intervention for Dengue Epidemiology in Malaysia: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial
    Dr. Mitra Saadatian-Elahi
Symposium Title: Dengue Expert Advisory Group Pakistan

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Somia Iqtadar

  1. Dengue Expansion, environmental concerns and the real vector: a permanent health burden in urban to rural setting Punjab, Pakistan

    Professor Waseem Akram

  2. Innovative Solutions for Dengue Surveillance and Control, Pakistan experience.

    Capt (Retired) Muhammad Usman (Commissioner Lahore, Pakistan)

  3. Outcome of Standardized Case Management of Dengue; An Evidence Based Success Story from Pakistan.

    Assoc. Prof Somia Iqtadar (Chairperson Dengue Expert Advisory Group Pakistan)

  4. Strategic approaches for Effective Community Engagement and Intersectoral coordination

    Dr Jamshed Ahmed (Head/WHO sub Office Punjab Pakistan


Symposium Title: Engaging Communities Worldwide to Overcome Dengue Challenges and Harness Opportunities

Moderator: Mr Kamran Rafiq

  1. National strategy in shaping grassroots engagement in Sri Lanka

    Dr Hasitha Tissera

  2. Advocacy in engaging youth communities SADC-16 youth parliaments

    Mr Maximillian Godwin Kilipamwambu

  3. Vaccine producers update on their community engagement

    Mr Jean-Antoine Zinsou
    Mr Derek Wallace

  4. Discussion
9:00pm – 10:30pm ISNTD Symposium Title:Building Mitigation and Resilience against Future Dengue Threats: From Climate Change to Disasters & Emergencies

Moderator: Mr Kamran Rafiq

  1. Aedes Vector Control Toolkit

    Dr Richard Allan

  2. Global Vector Hub by WHO-TDR

    Dr Frederik Seelig

  3. Hydrometeorological hazards and dengue outbreak prediction

    Dr Rachel Lowe


Philippines Symposium
Title : ASEAN to World Dengue : Past, Present and Future Interventions 

Moderators: Professor Emeritus Lulu C Bravo, MD & Mr Kamran Rafiq

  1. ASEAN Dengue:  Lessons Learned

    Dr Beverly Lorraine C.Ho
    Concurrent Director IV, Health Promtion Bureau and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau

  2. Dengue in the Midst of COVID19 Pandemic

    Professor Cecilia Maramba – Lazarte
    Director of the Institute of Herbal Medicine, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila

  3. Global march towards ending the neglect for Dengue

    Dr Hasitha Tissera

Panel Discussion

Objectives :

  1. Describe the experiences of ASEAN countries in combatting dengue
  2. Explain the impact that COVID 19 has on the incidence severity and control of Dengue
  3. Enumerate and illustrate what interventions could lead to reduction in mortality and morbidity of dengue

The programme schedule is subjected to changes and on-going updates.

Forum Recordings

Asia Dengue Voice & Action Group

For more information please contact ADVA Secretariat:
Dr Francis Kwong