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The Grand Challenge of Global Health NCD Season

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Non-Communicable Diseases – sometimes referred to as “chronic diseases”– account for more deaths than any other cause worldwide. Eighty per cent of these deaths occur in the world’s poorest countries. NCDs include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer and mental illness. The Grand Challenge of Global Health NCD Season brought together fields of inter-disciplinary expertise in a series of symposia to challenge, provoke and inform. 

More news here: Mozambique's experience of mental health

Living with Chronic Disease Photography competition

NCD-winner

Winners announced! Congratulations to Souvid Datta who won with his winning photo.

To see the other shortlisted entries, view the Living with Chronic Disease Photo Competition gallery on Flickr.

NCD Season events

Addressing the intersection of NCDs and HIV

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15th April: Addressing the intersection of NCDs and Human Immunodeficiency Virus

A day long symposium at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, to discuss challenges and opportunities faced by both the NCD and HIV global communities. The event will bring together policy makers, NGOs and researchers, and focus on lessons learned and overlaps in the prevention and control of NCDs and HIV. 

Hosted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Centre for Global NCDs, and FH1360, in collaboration with UNAIDS, and the UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health

Speakers confirmed: 

Depression: Addressing the global burden

Depression burden seminar

24th April Global Mental Health. Depression: Addressing the Global Burden 17:00 - 1900 Kennedy Lecture Theatre

Depression is one of the world’s leading causes of disability, but according to the World Health Organisation, only a small proportion of those affected have access to treatment, while stigma and misunderstanding are problems everywhere. In this panel discussion, hear how the experience of depression is a global phenomenon – and what we can learn, worldwide, about how to treat it.

Speakers confirmed:

You can download a policy briefing on Mental health and Addressing the Global Burden of Depression here

Migrant studies seminar

13th May Keynote Lecture: Future Global Trends in Cardiometabolic 
Disease (insights from Migrant Studies) 1300-1400 Medical Sciences 131 AV Hill Lecture Theatre

Study of the impact of migration on disease has much to tell us about the causes of disease, and why populations differ in their susceptibility. The UK is home to significant migrant populations, the largest being of South Asian or of African Caribbean origin.   While both populations have elevated risks of diabetes, South Asians are markedly more at risk of heart disease, while African Caribbeans appear protected.  This talk explores the impact of migration on health and disease, implications for health profiles of rapidly urbanising countries of origin, and likely effects on subsequent generations of these ethnic minorities in the UK

You can download a policy briefing on Future Trends in Cardiometabolic Disease and insights from Migrant studies here

NCD Makeover Show

NCD Makeover Show

29th May“The NCD Makeover Show”

1800-2000 Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, UCL

A unique opportunity to simplify a complicated disease profile and get the world to listen

Master class in branding for health with speakers from the worlds of advertising and broadcasting, featuring the global social movement NCD Free and sponsored by the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. 

Speakers include: 

Resources

You can download a policy factsheet on Communicating NCDs to a mass audience - myths & facts here

Watch the video recording of the event below:

What is making the world fat? (And what can we do?)

What is making us fat?

2nd June Obesity: What’s making the world fat? (And what can we do?) 

17:00-19:00 Anatomy  G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre

Obesity is a major risk factor in many non-communicable diseases – and it’s a global problem. The world’s girths are spreading: thirty five per-cent of the world’s adults were defined as overweight by the World Health Organisation in 2008, with over ten per cent defined as obese. While obesity is preventable, it’s a complex problem which doesn’t have one solution. In this wide-ranging symposium, experts in their fields will come together to discuss drivers of obesity in early childhood, how we can build healthier cities and what the global food industry can do.

Speakers confirmed:

  • Professor Jonathan Wells, UCL
  • Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi, UCL 
  • Tim Lang, City University London
  • Matt Atkinson, Chief Marketing Officer, Tesco
  • Professor Alexi Marmot, UCL. Hear her on this recent BBC Radio Four documentary on workplace siting

Resources

You can download the slides to the presentations given during the obesity seminar below by clicking on the relevant speaker's slides:

You can download a policy briefing on What is making the world fat and what can be done here

Watch the video recording of the event below: 

Policy debate: What can we do about Global NCDs? (And why aren't we doing it?)

NCD Policy debate

4th June Policy Debate: What can we do about Global NCDs? (And why aren’t we doing it?)

17:30-19:30 Wilkins Gustave Tuck

Non Communicable Diseases are the world's biggest killers, affecting not only the rich West, but also the poorest and most marginalized communities. Yet, most NCDs are preventable. Are we doing enough to tackle them, and where do answers lie? This panel discussion will focus on workable solutions: from global funders, national laws, individual behaviour change, and the world of business.

Speakers confirmed:

Resources

You can downloads the slides to the presentations given during the Policy Debate below by clicking on the relevant speaker's slides:

You can download a policy briefing on Addressing Global Non-Communicable Diseases here

The Political Economy of Global Health: Private Authority, Health Policy, Law and Regulation

18th June: The Political Economy of Global Health: Private Authority, Health Policy, Law and Regulation

This one-day round table workshop will convene world leading academics, policy-makers and practitioners to share insights on the political economy of health, with a particular focus on the NCD challenge, corporations and private authority as well as questions surrounding trans-boundary monitoring and accountability. 

Hosted by UCL Institute of Global Governance and Institute of Global Health, in collaboration with the UCL Grand Challenges of Global Health, the event will highlight the governance role of global health actors and structures in delivering global health goods and ‘bads’ at a time of heightened interest in global health governance.  The roundtable will form the basis for a publication, as well as feed into ongoing policy discussions on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. 

 This event is by invitation only.

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