Launch: Lancet Commission on Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa

The Centre for Global NCDs is delighted to host:

The launch of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology

Commission on Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa: from clinical care to health policy.

Venue: John Snow A Lecture Theatre

Date: Thu 6 July 2017

Time: 1230-1730

(This event will be followed by a reception in the South Courtyard Cafe)

Sub-Saharan Africa faces so many health challenges that diabetes might not seem to feature largely among them. However, the number of people with diabetes in the region has increased very rapidly in the past three decades, and many people are unaware that they have the disease, leading to high rates of complications and premature mortality. Weak health systems in sub-Saharan Africa that are ill-prepared to treat complex chronic diseases are already struggling to cope with diabetes and other NCDs. The challenge of diabetes faced by sub-Saharan Africa is enormous, and will get rapidly worse if effective measures are not taken.

In 2014, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology Commission on Diabetes sub-Saharan Africa convened a team of academics, clinicians, economists, and people who work in governmental and non-governmental organisations to identify targets and milestones for diabetes, and ways of strengthening health systems in sub-Saharan Africa to make cost-effective intervention possible. This event will present and debate the results of these discussions.

Preliminary programme

Noon: Arrival and registration

Session 1 – Chair: Sarah Linklater, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, London, UK

12.30 – 12.40 – Welcome

Pablo Perel, Director Centre for Global Non Communicable Diseases, LSHTM, London

12.40 – 12.50 – Introduction

Sarah Linklater, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, London

12.50 – 13.10 – Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa: setting the scene and the Commission’s Key Messages

Justine Davies, Centre for Global Health, King’s College London, and MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

13.10 – 13.30 – Discussion

Section 2 – Chair: Edwin Gale, University of Bristol, UK

13.30 – 13.50 – The challenge of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa “on the ground”

Moffat Nyirenda, LSHTM, London, and MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit, Entebbe, Uganda

13.50 – 14.10 – Overcoming challenges to access to medicines

David Beran, University of Geneva and Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland

14.10 – 14.30 – Discussion

14.30 – 14.50 – Coffee break

Session 3 – Chair: Pablo Perel, Director Centre for Global Non Communicable Diseases, LSHTM, London

14.50 – 15.10 – An overview of health systems challenges and economic impact of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa

Rifat Atun, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA

15.10 – 15.30 – Talk title TBD

Dina Balabanova, LSHTM, London, UK

15.30 – 15.50 – Discussion

Session 4 – Chair: Sanjay Kinra, LSHTM, London, UK

15.50 – 16.40 – Panel Discussion

Dina Balabanova (LSHTM, London, UK), Kiran Jobanputra (MSF, London, UK), Eugene Sobgwni (University of Newcastle at Yaoundé Central Hospital, Yaoundé, Cameroon), Shabbar Jaffar (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK)

16.40 – 17.00 – Summary

Shabbar Jaffar: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

17.00 – 19.00 – Wine reception

Admission: Free to attend but registration is required, please register via Eventbrite.

The event will be livestreamed here.

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