NCD burden, evidence and translation into practise and policy

Session title Building Sustainable Partnerships for Addressing the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Coordinator Prof. Winkler, Centre for Global Health, University of Oslo
Hosts Prof. Moffat Nyirenda
Session objectives
  1. To discuss the latest burden of disease data referring to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the potential threats to low-income and middle-income countries’ health systems
  2. To explore how the evidence of the NCD burden can inform policies and development strategies
  3. To discuss the principles of sustainable partnerships for investment in NCDs within development assistance for the health agenda


Session abstract 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). Most of the burden lies with the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where this epidemic is rising at unprecedented rates. Neurological disorders, particularly stroke and dementia, contribute the largest percentage of NCD burden. Health systems in LMICs, largely designed for episodic management of infectious diseases, are ill-prepared to care for this new epidemic of chronic diseases and the resulting multi morbidity from the double burden of disease (communicable and non-communicable). The NCD epidemic therefore poses a major threat to the already weak LMIC economies (with potential to reverse recent gains), unless innovative approaches are urgently taken to curb this epidemic.

In this panel, we will draw on the new NCD burden data 2016 (published in 2018), as well as local evidence in Uganda, to critically examine how these data and research can facilitate identification of gaps and inform policy making, development strategies and investments in development assistance for health.

We will discuss Norway’s recent inclusion of an NCD strategy in its development policies, as a case study of innovative partnership approach and leadership in tackling NCDs in LMICs. We will explore how LMICs, such as Uganda, can capitalize on and access this opportunity. We will also use this platform to inspire other high-income countries to follow Norway and to engage with firm commitments in the fight against NCDs in LMICs.

Session Format
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Panel Discussion 4 Workshop Plenary
Chairs Co-chair, Prof. Moffat Nyirenda

Co-chair, Prof. Andrea Winkler

Speakers Title Contact Status
Speaker 1
Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu
Honorable Minister of Primary Health Care of Uganda Confirmed
Speaker 2
Dr. Bente Mikkelsen
Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course, World Health Organization, Invited
Speaker 3 WHO-AFRO Representative
Speaker 4 Norwegian government official TBA
Speaker 5
Dr. Maggie Kigozi
Former Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority
Speaker 6
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
Speaker 7
Dr. Ann Rose Akiteng
Coordinator of the Lancet Commission for NCDs Uganda Confirmed
Speaker 8
Adesina Akinwumi
President, African Development Bank
Speaker 9 German State Secretary to the Minister of Economic Cooperation