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15 June Thursday

Linking people, communities and primary healthcare: An essential approach for tackling NCDs and achieving UHC

15 June 2023, 15:00 - 15 June 2023, 19:30

This is a hybrid conference on incorporating evidence from implementation research in Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam into global health policy discourse.

The purpose of this event is to discuss the importance of scaling up non-communicable disease (NCD) interventions that focus on the role of communities within the primary healthcare approach and to better understand their centrality for achieving universal health coverage. A strong primary health care system which puts people and communities at the centre of health systems is the cornerstone for achieving universal health coverage (UHC).

Non-communicable diseases kill more than 41 million people a year making up 75% of all deaths and 80% of years lived with disability. NCD prevalence rises with age so that preventable disease, disability and death is highest for those over the age of 60 and yet multiple barriers including ageism keep people from seeking or being reached by NCD services. Three-quarters of people living with NCDs live in low and middle-income countries but, while ministries of health recognize the importance of addressing NCDs, health systems and societies are not yet effectively preventing and managing NCDs.

As global policy makers turn their attention to how best to achieve universal health coverage ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on UHC in September, this conference will use lessons learned from the Scaling-Up NCD Interventions in Southeast Asia (SUNI-SEA) research project funded by the European Union as a starting point for reflection on how NCD prevention and management at primary healthcare and community levels can contribute to this.

The learning from this project emphasises the need for policy and investment on NCDs and health systems through investment and strengthening of primary healthcare-level services and shifting power to people and communities.

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Date: 15 June 2023
Time: 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm