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Symposium on Public Health: Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) in developing countries

Location: Munich, Germany

Date: 22.03.2014

The Symposium focused on consolidating global, regional and national efforts to strengthen the measurement of NCD prevention policies, programmes, research and laws, with a view to defining measurable NCD prevention targets in the years ahead. During the meeting, the global situation of NCDs, evidence-based practices, and prevention policies targeted towards the developing countries were discussed.

The aim of the symposium, was to understand the current situation of the NCD public health programmes, describe the future policy and research directions, promote exchange of ideas and encourage scientific debate and foster networking, partnerships and opportunities among experts from different fields.

Topics and Speakers:

  • Introduction to global epidemiology of NCDs and their control measures (Dr. Richard Smith, Former Editor, BMJ and President United Health Group, UK)
  • Economics of NCDs and Universal Health Coverage (Prof. Louis Niessen, Professor and Chair, Department of Health Economic, Liverpool School of Medicine and Tropical Medicine, UK)
  • Current research and programs for NCDs in low and middle income countries (Dr. Dewan Alam, Acting Director, Center for Control of Chronic Diseases (CCCD), icddr,b, Bangladesh)
  • Health systems and NCDs in developing countries: experience from Vietnam (Prof. Tran Huu Dang, Former Vice rector, Internal medicine Department, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam)
  • Cancer epidemiology in the poorest countries (Dr Silvia Franceschi, Special Advisor, Head, Infections and Cancer Epidemiology Group, International Agency for Research on Cancer, France)
  • Diabetes research in developing countries (Dr. Andreas Lechner, Senior Physician, Diabetes Research Group, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik IV, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, Germany)
  • NCDs and the environment (Dr. Alexandra Schneider, Dipl.–Met., M.P.H., Head of Research Group Environmental Risks, Helmholtz Zentrum, München, Germany)

Detailed program (PDF 194 KB)

Symposium Poster (PDF 617 KB)

Symposium Flyer (PDF 1668 KB)