NCDs / COVID-19 (Round Table Discussion)

Virtual Session link: Digital Session, Meeting ID: 931 7943 8833


WHO in 2016 has stated that 71 % of mortality globally is due to NCDs. The year 2020 has shown the link between communicable and non-communicable diseases and the serious effect on life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become evident that people living with an NCD are more at risk of infection; have a protracted and severe course of illness if infected; which may result in death. Overburdened health care systems find it challenging to deal with both, the new pandemic and chronic care management. The WHO pulse survey released in April 2021 revealed that 90 % of essential health services were disrupted in over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the services severely affected were NCDs including hypertension and diabetes. As most countries in Africa esp. South Africa is starting to experience the 3rd wave of the pandemic. It has become clear the constraints that will be faced by the existing health care systems.

The objective of this symposium:

  1. There has never been a greater need for a call to action to decrease the global burden of NCDs. We hope to stimulate the dialogue along the link of COVID-19 and NCDs and what needs to be done for Africa’s health care. A roundtable discussion will be held focused on NCDs/COVID-19 and their implications in the region.

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