Noncommunicable diseases: Affecting and affected by COVID-19

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NCD Alliance and The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response convened a virtual public town-hall meeting titled 'Noncommunicable diseases: Affecting and affected by COVID-19' on Thursday 25 March 2021. The event provided an opportunity to share insights on the dynamics of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) on the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ideas to secure a world better prepared to respond to a future pandemic.

The event listened to to people with front-line experiences such as people living with NCDs, researchers, health care professionals and advocates to understand the direct health impacts of COVID-19 on those living with NCDs; on the challenges faced by people managing NCDs throughout this pandemic. 

Evidence gathered through this session was to inform key themes in The Panel’s Program of Work and contribute to The Independent Panel’s report findings.

This event was moderated by:

  • Ms Katie Dain, CEO, NCD Alliance. 

Speakers included: 

  • The Rt Hon. Helen Clark, Co-Chair, The Independent Panel
  • Prof K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India
  • Dr Tom Frieden, President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives
  • Ms Philippa Boulle, NCD Intersectional Working Group Leader, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Dr Funmi Adewara, Founder and CEO, Mobihealth International, Nigeria
  • Prof Vivek Jha, Director, The George Institute for Global Health India
  • Mr Ralph Emerson Degollacion, Coordinator, Health Philippines Alliance. 

Watch the full recording here