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Symposium on Emerging Challenges of Triple Burden of Diseases and their prospects in Developing Countries

Location: Munich, germany

Date: 18.03.2017

Low resources, poor planning and bad implementation of policies may result in a mixture of old and well-known problems (common infections, maternal mortality and undernutrition), emerging problems (non-communicable diseases and their risk factors) and health risks associated with globalization.

Developing countries are the most affected by this new mixture of epidemiological patterns where the burden of infectious diseases such as HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria is still high, and at the same time Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and mental illness, and other patterns directly related to globalization such as trauma are becoming a real challenge – The Triple Burden of Disease.

In order to address this new epidemiological reality, countries need to design and implement more integrated health care systems at a national level and a global task force should be driven to strengthen international collaboration and share the best practices toward the reduction of the impact of the Triple Burden of Disease for the developing countries.

This symposium aimed to present the current panorama of the coexisting Infectious Diseases, NCD and Trauma in developing countries and at the same time promote discussion on the challenges of establishing better integrated health systems and the clinical, social and economic impact of the Triple Burden of Diseases in developing countries.

Topics and Speakers

  • Neglected Chronic Diseases in Africa: Challenging the status quo
    Prof. Dr. Ana Olga Mocumbi, National Institute of Health (INS) – Maputo, Mozambique
  • Household air pollution in developing countries: a major poverty related
    environmental risk factor for morbidity and mortality
    Dr. Kevin Mortimer, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Implementing programs to reduce the burden of Cervical Cancer in Vietnam: HPV vaccine and early screening using VIA
    Dr. Quang Van Ngo, Da Nang Center for Reproductive Health – Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Substance abuse and mental health in Africa and Asia
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Krahl, Center for International Health (CIH) – Munich, Germany
  • Early nutrition programming: implications for later life
    Prof. Berthold Koletzko, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Munich, Germany
  • Move at your own risk! Why are so many dying on our roads?
    Dr. Olive Kobusingye, Makerere University School of Public Health – Kampala, Uganda
  • Triple Burden of Diseases: Implications for Health Systems (panel discussion)
    Moderator: Dr. Günter Fröschl, Center for International Health (CIH) – Munich, Germany


Panel discussion

Impact of the triple burden of disease for developing countries.


Symposium Flyer (PDF 974 KB)

Symposium Poster (PDF 959 KB)