Workshop on non-communicable diseases: Challenges and opportunities for integration of chronic care
In most countries in the South, the epidemiological and nutritional transitions are leading to a highly unmet burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD). Major improvements are needed to develop comprehensive policies, increase the coverage and quality of NCD programmes, and to promote patient autonomy and self-management.
On 8 October 2015, a full day meeting was held at ITM on this complex subject, jointly organised by the Cluster Lifelong conditions and the Strategic Network Health Systems (ITM), the Be-cause health working group Chronic non-communicable diseases and the Institut de Recherche Santé et Société, of the Catholic University of Louvain.
The initiative intended to bring together policymakers and experts in the field of policymaking, programmes and health care for people living with a non-communicable disease from LMIC and Belgium.
The workshop was very successful and offered new insights through the rich interactions among the participants and the high quality of the presentations, certainly bringing NCDs more into the picture.
Welcome and opening
- Jessica Martini (ULB/Be-cause health): Introduction, objectives and definitions
- Yves Kluyskens (Memisa/MSV-AZV/FCIGG): Epidemiological transition and non-communicable diseases
- Philippe Katchunga (Université Catholique de Bukavu, RDC/VLIR): Diabetes and hypertension in Bukavu, RDC
- Sébastien Theunissen: Mental health
- Abdoulaye Sow (Fraternité Médicale Guinée, ESPULB/ITM): Integration of mental health services at the first line in Guinée-Conakry
- Grace Marie Ku Blanco (Institute of Health Policy & Development Studies, National Institutes of Health, Philippines): the First Line Diabetes Care (FiLDCare) Project: lessons learned
- Jean Macq: NCDs in Belgium: the South-North link
- Ama de-Graft Aikins (Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana): NCDs – Policies and Programmes in Low and Middle Income Countries: Context and Responses
- Kristien Van Acker (International Diabetes Federation): Innovations in the field of diabetes
- Jeroen De Man (ITM): Chronic care models: evolution in the approach to chronic diseases