NCD al­liance fo­rum kicks off to­mor­row

80 ex­perts in non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases to speak at three-day fo­rum in Shar­jah

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The sec­ond Global NCD (Non-Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases) Al­liance Fo­rum will kick off in Shar­jah to­mor­row, bring­ing to­gether more than 80 ex­perts from around the world.

The fo­rum, un­der the theme ‘Step­ping up the Pace for NCDs: Mak­ing 2018 Count’, will have re­spected NCD health ex­perts dis­cuss strate­gies for re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases which are re­spon­si­ble for more than 40 mil­lion deaths glob­ally each year.

His High­ness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mo­ham­mad Al Qasimi, Mem­ber of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Shar­jah, and wife Shaikha Jawa­her Bint Mo­ham­mad Al Qasimi, founder and pa­tron of Friends of Cancer Pa­tients (FoCP), will at­tend the event.

Tak­ing place till De­cem­ber 11 at the Jawa­her Re­cep­tion and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, the fo­rum will wel­come more than 350 del­e­gates and 80 ex­pert speakers, in­clud­ing sci­en­tists, med­i­cal pioneers, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sup­port groups, NGOs and civil so­ci­eties from 68 coun­tries and across five con­ti­nents, Shar­jah­based FoCP an­nounced.

The NCDs — mainly cancer, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, chronic res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases and di­a­betes — ac­count for 68 per cent of global mor­tal­ity, or two out of ev­ery three to fig­ures.

The three-day fo­rum is be­ing held un­der the pa­tron­age of Shaikha Jawa­her. Or­gan­is­ers, NCD Al­liance, has cho­sen the emi­rate to host the first two edi­tions of the event.

Some of the ex­perts in the field of NCDs speak­ing at the event in­clude Princess Dina Mired, pres­i­dent-elect of the Union for In­ter­na­tional Cancer Con­trol, who was the first Arab and non-med­i­cal pro­fes­sional to have been elected to such a pres­ti­gious global post; and Sir Ge­orge Al­leyne, a med­i­cal grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of the West Indies who worked un­der Pro­fes­sor John Water­low in the Trop­i­cal Me­tab­o­lism Re­search Unit at UWI.

Also speak­ing will deaths, ac­cord­ing be José Luis Cas­tro, an ex­pert in global health, or­gan­i­sa­tional de­vel­op­ment and project im­ple­men­ta­tion, who spent 27 years work­ing on tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, tobacco con­trol and non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases; Katie Dain, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the NCD Al­liance, who has been a part of the team since its found­ing in 2009; and Dr Tom Frieden, one of the world’s lead­ing pub­lic health ex­perts and pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of ‘Re­solve to Save Lives’, a $225-mil­lion, five-year ini­tia­tive housed at Vi­tal Strate­gies.

The first day will see the in­au­gu­ra­tion by Shaikh Sultan, fol­lowed by the first ple­nary ses­sion on ‘The Global NCD Re­sponse: Tak­ing Stock, Re­view­ing Progress, and Look­ing Ahead to the 2018 UN High-level Meet­ing’.

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