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NCD Café

31 August-3 September 2019

“The NCD Café is a fun, caffeinated, and refreshingly relaxed way of listening to, and engaging with, world leaders in the prevention and management of NCDs. Just as email is to snail mail so is the NCD Café to the normal format of conference workshops.”
– Rob Moodie, Chair of the Australian Preventative Heath Taskforce, University of Melbourne

The NCD Café at ESC Congress together with the World Congress of Cardiology is a joint initiative of the NCD Alliance and the World Heart Federation. It provides an interactive platform for open discussion on key topics in the field of global cardiovascular health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as well as a space for networking with prominent expert and thought leaders, with an emphasis on partnership and collaboration.

The sessions are informal and highly interactive, enabling participants to simultaneously ‘break and learn’ in a stimulating and thought-provoking space. Panellists come from a wide range of disciplines, regions and sectors, from policy makers, to WHO representatives, scientists, advocates, medical practitioners, representatives from the private sector, civil society, and people living with NCDs. Sessions are designed to help participants exchange ideas and work together to elicit action to strengthen and support the NCD response.

Sessions will focus on a range of important topics, including air pollution, rheumatic heart disease, universal health coverage, and the role of healthcare professionals and patients in combating NCDs.


Putting people living with NCDs at the centre of Universal Health Coverage

Saturday 31 August 2019, 12:30-13:30

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of global death and disease worldwide, and a major contributor to health expenditure due to their chronic nature. NCDs are responsible for over half of the global burden of disease and for over 70% of all global deaths. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) provides the promise of better-quality health care for more people around the world. People living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) have to be meaningfully involved in the discussion to have their voices heard and their interests placed at the center of health systems.

The role of healthcare professionals in strengthening health systems and combating NCDs

Sunday 1 September 2019, 12:30-13:30

The UN sustainable development goal (SDG) target 3.4 on NCDs is set to reduce by a third the rate of premature deaths by NCDs by 2030 through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and wellbeing. To reach this target there is an urgent need to build resilient health systems and national NCD responses. The health workforce plays a crucial role across the continuum of care, especially at the primary healthcare level, and adequate strategies need to be explored to best support health workers to provide care to their communities and contribute to effective health systems for NCDs.

CVD and obesity: changing attitudes among healthcare professionals 

Monday 2 September 2019, 10:00-11:00

Jointly organized by the World Heart Federation (WHF) and the World Obesity Federation (WOF), this interactive panel discussion will focus on the training and educational needs of healthcare professionals. Recognizing that obesity has become one of the main drivers of cardiovascular disease, and that many patients’ first encounter with the health system for obesity-related issues is through cardiology and even primary care, there is a need to adapt training programmes in primary care and professional education in obesity.

What’s next for rheumatic heart disease?

Monday 2 September 2019, 12:30-13:30

Rheumatic Heart Disease, or RHD, is a preventable, treatable form of cardiovascular disease that affects over 33 million people around the world, a number comparable to those living with HIV. It affects the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, mainly children and women. The unanimous adoption of the WHO Resolution on Rheumatic Fever and RHD at the World Health Assembly in 2018 was a big step forward in raising the profile of this largely neglected disease, but there remains much to be done to contribute towards its implementation.

Air pollution and CVD: a window of opportunity

Tuesday 3 September 2019, 12:30-13:30

According to the WHO, air pollution causes 7 million deaths every year worldwide, making it the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Addressing this issue will not only help to contain the rising burden of NCDs, and its strain on health systems, but also support the progress towards multiple SDGs and the achievement of UHC by 2030. In the lead up to the UN Climate Summit and the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, which will both take place on 23rd September at UN Headquarters, it is especially important to consider the links between health and environmental sustainable development priorities.