Cancelled - The Burden of Non-communicable Diseases – evidence and its translation into policy and practice

Unfortunately, we have received notice that the 2020 World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Kampala, Uganda, has been postponed.

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Cancelled - The Burden of Non-communicable Diseases – evidence and its translation into policy and practice - NCDs panel at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting Uganda 2020

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for the greatest disease burden; both in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and premature death (over 70% of deaths are occurring prematurely due to NCDs). In addition, the greatest burden of this unprecedented epidemic lies with the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and is further on the rise. Join the panel on NCDs at this years's World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Uganda.

The largest percentage of NCDs is made up by neurological disorders with the frontrunners being stroke and dementia. Health systems in LMICs are ill-prepared to care for this new epidemic, still fighting the communicable diseases and being more and more confronted with a double burden of disease (communicable and non-communicable), especially in urban settings. It is high time to think about global actions related to NCDs, if one wants to curb the epidemic and not put more pressure through chronic multi-morbidity on already weak economies. This could be explored from different angles and, knowing that the financial situation of LMICs is tight and the pressure of acting on the latest Global Burden of Disease data as well as on the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals is high, the approach needs to be unconventional. Therefore, in the suggested panel, we will first discuss the new NCD burden data 2016 (published in 2018) and the differences in low and middle-income countries. In the second part, we will explore how data and research can inform policymaking, development strategies and investments in development assistance for health. Norway has recently set a great example by launching the first NCD strategy included in development policies and in this respect has shown responsibility towards tackling NCDs in LMICs and at the same time great leadership. We would also like to use this platform to inspire other high-income countries to follow in the Norwegian footsteps and to engage with firm commitments in the fight against NCDs in LMICs.


  • To discuss the latest burden of disease data referring to NCDs and its implication for low-income and middle-income countries
  • To explore how the evidence of the NCD burden can inform policies and development strategies
  • To discuss the consequences of the NCD burden for investment into development assistance for health



Prof. Moffat Nyirenda, Diabetologist/Endocrinologist and Professor of Medicine (Global Non-Communicable Diseases) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 


Prof. Andrea S. Winkler, Director of Centre for Global Health at the University of Oslo (UiO) Faculty of Medicine, Professor at the Department for Community Medicine and Global Health, at the Institute of Health and Society, Co-Chair The Lancet One Health Commission, UiO


- Hon. Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, Hon. State Minister for Health - Primary Health Care, Republic of Uganda

- Prof. Richard Idro, Senior Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, Honorary Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Neurologist, Mulago hospital, Kampala, Uganda 

Dr. Jean Marie Dangou, acting Regional Advisor, World Health Organization, African Region

- Dr. Ann Rose Akiteng, Coordinator of the Lancet Commission for NCDs and Injuries, Uganda

- Dr. Bente Mikkelsen, Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course, World Health Organization (TBC)




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Supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

Published Feb. 3, 2020 4:09 PM - Last modified June 4, 2020 3:01 PM