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Uninterrupted Health Services for NCDs during the COVID-19 crisis
The Defeat-NCD Partnership at The United Nations Institute for Training and Research is hosting a high-level panel discussion on “Uninterrupted health services for NCDs during the COVID-19 crisis” on the margins of the 74th World Health Assembly.

Purpose: Call on governments to take action on ensuring uninterrupted NCD care during challenging times where political commitment is even more needed.

Context: The world is facing the global COVID-19 pandemic which has led to over 3.15 million deaths. However, larger number of nearly 41 million people die prematurely every year due to NCDs. National governments, supported by WHO, the United Nations, and multilateral development banks, are at the forefront of this challenge.

This high-level panel discussion will respond to our call-to-action by reflecting on practical solutions that break the link between NCD and COVID-19 mortality and finding creative ways to leverage COVID-19 response efforts to support strengthened health systems.

Moderated by Juliette Foster, and panellists include:
• Ahmadou Lamin Samateh, Minister of Health, Government of The Gambia;
• Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health Government of Rwanda;
• Dechen Wangmo, Minister of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, President of the 74th WHA;
• Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, and
Chair of the WHO’s Executive Board;
• Mohammed Hamad Al-Thani, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Government of the State of Qatar;
• Bandar M. H. Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank;
• David Nabarro, Co-Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, Strategic Director of 4SD, and Special Envoy of WHO Director-General on COVID-19;
• Menassie Taddese, President, Emerging Markets, Viatris;
• Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary General and Executive Direct,UNITAR;
• Mukul Bhola, CEO, The Defeat-NCD Partnership;
• Senior representatives from the WHO and multilateral development banks.

May 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Zurich

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