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2019 UCL Lancet Lecture: NCDs as a global emergency - closer to pandemic or climate change?

29 April 2019, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

Rachel Nugent

This event is free.

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Logan Hall
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More than 70% of global health deaths are caused by NCDs which have been estimated to impose a $47 trillion burden on developing country GDP by 2030. Like pandemics, NCDs are usually preventable. Like climate change, NCDs require a multi-sectoral response. Like both, NCDs are largely a human-caused problem. This lecture claims that NCDs are a solvable problem and describes plausible scenarios for reversing NCD burden and achieving health and economic gains. It should be feasible for every country in the world to conquer NCDs in an ethical, sustainable and affordable manner.

17:00 – Registration

17:30 – Welcome & Opening Remarks (Professor Michael Arthur, UCL)

17:35 – Meeting Chair (Dr Richard Horton, The Lancet)

17:40 – Keynote Speech (Dr Rachel Nugent)

18:10 – Response

18:25 – Q&A

18:55 – Vote of thanks and close meeting (Professor Ibrahim Abubakar, UCL)

19:00 – Drinks reception

About the Speaker

Dr Rachel Nugent

Dr Rachel Nugent is Vice President for Global Non-communicable Diseases at RTI International and affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She leads a global initiative to prevent and reduce the health and economic burdens of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to this position, Rachel was Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and Director of the Disease Control Priorities Network. She has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. Government, and non-profit organizations on the economics and policy environment of NCDs. She is a member of multiple advisory panels including the WHO Expert Panel on Management of Cardiovascular Disease and currently serves on The Lancet Commission on NCDs and Injuries of the Poorest Billion. In 2018, she led The Lancet Task Force on NCDs and Economics and served on the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Committee on Global Obesity. Rachel focuses on using economic analysis for priority-setting in health and has worked with global and national institutions to increase use of evidence for decision-making. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.