Symposium 2017: Complex systems thinking and NCD prevention
Date: Thursday 14 September 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: John Snow Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK
Type of event: Symposium
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases & ECOHOST The Centre for Health and Social Change
Annual Symposium 2017
The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) persists worldwide despite proclamations after the 2011 United Nations High Level meeting on NCDs that we already have the know-how to prevent and combat them. Complex systems thinking is increasingly recognised as a useful approach to identifying and evaluating ways of improving multifaceted health problems; it offers a way of putting know-how into action by taking account of the complexities of health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and other NCDs.
This one-day symposium highlights the value of applying complex systems theory to NCD work in low-, middle- and high-income countries; it assesses the challenges of putting it into action; and reports on ways the theory is being put into practice.
The symposium is suitable for those with no prior knowledge of complex systems thinking as well as those looking to advance its use in preventing and combatting NCDs. It will consist of presentations by experts and also offer plenty of opportunities for discussion of questions such as:
How do we put complex systems thinking into practice?
How do we translate its ideas for research funders, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers?
How do we grapple with the challenges of complex systems thinking?
Full programme details will follow shortly.
To secure your place please register today!
Admission: The event is free and open to all those interested, please register on eventbrite
Contact: Natalie Savona
More information: https://2017symposium-complex-systems-approaches.eventbrite.co.uk
Symposium 2016: NCDs in humanitarian settings (in conjunction with ECOHOST and MSF)
Organised by: Centre for Global NCDs, The Centre for Health and Social Change (ECOHOST) and Médecins Sans Frontières
Date: Friday, September 2, 2016
Time: 09:00 to 19:00 BST
Location: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, United Kingdom
Participation: The event is free and open to all those interested. However, registration is required and limited, so we kindly request you register your participation
Livestreaming: If you are unable to attend you can also watch live and free online. Register to watch
Innovation and Scale in Hypertension Management in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Novartis Foundation)
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015,
Time: 09:00 to 13:00 GMT (including lunch)
Location: The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St, London WC2H 9HQ, United Kingdom
The event will also be webcast live. You can register for the webcast HERE.
Novartis Foundation and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Centre for Global NCDs upcoming dialogue event: At the heart of it: innovation and scale in hypertension management in low- and middle-income countries.
What: This event will highlight innovative delivery models for hypertension management and potential enablers to scale these models in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, among the most deadly non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Please find the current agenda attached.
Following short presentations by experts, the panel and audience are invited to discuss the following questions, in the context of LMICs:
- How can we bring NCDs, particularly hypertension as the leading remediable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, into the global agenda for global health?
- What innovative delivery models for hypertension management are being implemented? What are the challenges and successes?
- What are enablers to scale these models?
- How can we translate the evidence generated into policy?
Participation: The event is free and open to all those interested. However, registration is required and limited, so we kindly request you register your participation HERE before 20 November 2015.
Thank you for your support; we very much hope you can join us either in London or then online via webcast.
Date: April 15th 2014
Location: John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street, LSHTM
Approximately 80% of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) occur in low & middle income countries (LMIC), and in many cases, these countries are facing a continuing burden of infectious diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Over the last 25 years many LMIC have developed and scaled up HIV programmes in prevention, chronic disease management and intersectoral approaches. These are often the first large-scale chronic disease initiatives in some LMIC.
These models should now be adapted, and integrated to tackle the increasing burden of NCDs. In addition there has been some level of success, through targeted initiatives, in reducing the NCDs burden in specific high income countries in the last 30 years. There is a need for programmes to provide evidence-based primary and secondary, accessible and affordable clinical care and prevention for NCDs, and for these programmes to be integrated with HIV programmes.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s Centre for Global NCDs and FHI360, in collaboration with UNAIDS, and the UCL Institute of Global Health hosted a one-day symposium to provide a forum to discuss challenges and opportunities faced by both the HIV and NCDs global communities.
The event brought together policy makers, NGOs and researchers to discuss the commonalities and synergies in the prevention and control of HIV and NCDs. The symposium explored how these different disease communities can work together for more common, efficient and cost-effective strategies and contribute to a better response for both HIV and NCD.
- HIV and cardiovascular diseases –Moffat Nyirenda, LSHTM
- HIV and mental health – Rosie Mayston, Centre for Global Mental Health Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College
- HIV and Cancer: Risks, Opportunities and Challenges – Sally G. Cowal, American Cancer Society
- Integration of HIV and NCD Services: Synergies, Opportunities and Challenges from Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya – Kwasi Torpey, FHI360
- Integration of NCD services into existing AIDS service delivery platforms: lessons learned from AIDS and NCD in chronic disease management – Helena Legido-Quigley, LSHTM
- Integrated multi-sectoral approaches in Global Health: Challenges and opportunities for NCD – Tricia Petruney, FHI360
- Evidence-based programming: Challenges and Opportunities in HIV and NCD – Tim Mastro, FHI360
- Quality improvement in cardiovascular diseases in India – Mark Huffman, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
- Chronic Respiratory Diseases Management in LMIC: Lessons learned in Asthma Management from HIC – Neil Pearce, LSHTM Centre for Global NCDs
- Leveraging existing (AIDS) Policy and Planning Platforms for the NCD Response – Peter Piot, LSHTM
- Role of International, National and Community Leadership and Cooperation for a National NCD Response – Johanna Ralston, NCD Alliance/World Heart Federation
- Intersections and disconnections: non-communicable diseases and HIV in the Post 2015 world – Peter Godfrey-Faussett, UNAIDS
Preventing Global NCDs Through Low Carbon Development (Centre Global Health & Change)
Date: February 12th 2013
Location: John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street, LSHTM
The increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) poses an enormous threat to populations and health systems across the globe. At the same time, the impacts of climate change are predicted to have profound public health effects and demand urgent transition to low-carbon economies. Although important synergies exist in the causes and efforts to tackle these major health threats, the synergies have received limited attention to date.
The LSHTM Centre for Global NCDs and the Centre on Global Change and Health hosted a one-day symposium to:
- share information between the NCD and sustainability communities and
- identify common causes and interlinkages within these communities’ agendas.
The event brought together policy makers, NGOs and researchers to better understand each other’s perspectives and exploit common strategies to become more than the sum of their parts. Keynote speakers presented an overview of each subject area, highlighting the important linkages. These were followed by a session showcasing research and policy actions that achieve both NCD prevention and low-carbon development. The afternoon featured a panel discussion to debate the most effective actions to achieve sustainability and low-carbon development at local and global scales.
- Sir George Alleyne, Emeritus Director, PAHO
- Professor Sir Bob Watson, former DEFRA Chief Scientist and former Chief Scientist and Director for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) at the World Bank
- Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University
- Dr Carlos Dora, Coordinator, WHO/Department of Public Health and Environment
- Professor Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Public Health & Primary Care, LSHTM
- Dr Anna Coote, Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation
- Professor Ian Roberts, LSHTM
Global Non-Communicable Disease: from research to action
Date: Wednesday 25th April 2012
The Centre for Global NCDs was launched on April 25th 2012 with a one-day Symposium at LSHTM. The Symposium sought to build on the momentum that stemmed from the recent UN High Level Meeting on NCDs by asking the important questions of where next for global NCD research and prevention? We were delighted to host a full programme of distinguished speakers to address this necessary debate – click on a title to watch video recordings from the event:
Session 1. The global burden of NCDs
- Richard Horton, The Lancet: Introduction
- Jorn Olsen, International Epidemiological Association: Why and when is epidemiologic research needed in the global fight against NCDs
- Ruth Bonita, University of Auckland: Priority interventions for NCD prevention and treatment
Session 2. Prevention of NCDs
- Modi Mwatsama, National Heart Forum: Policy for prevention of NCDs
- Nils Billo, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union): Tobacco
- Dave Leon, LSHTM: Alcohol and CVD: insights from Russia
Session 3. Applying what we know
- Isabel dos Santos Silva, LSHTM: Cancer
- Neil Pearce, LSHTM: Asthma
- Martin Prince, Centre for Global Mental Health. Mental health
- Robyn Norton, George Centre for Health Care Innovation: Injury
Session 4. Global action on NCDs