Bridge Building between Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases – University of Copenhagen

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Bridge Building between Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases

Tuesday April 23, 16.00-19.15

Venue: AIDS-Fondet/The AIDS Foundation, Vestergade 18E, 1456 Copenhagen K

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The Network for Health and Development, Global Doctors and The AIDS Foundation are organizing a seminar about the links between non-communicable diseases and communicable diseases.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are increasingly diseases of the poor – and with such an increase in NCDs and the continuous struggle with communicable diseases (CDs), many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are faced with a double burden of disease. The world is thus faced with a new health situation and a shift in how health is approached is evident. In a reality hit by the global financial crisis, changing donor priorities, and competing priorities in the health sector, the big question is how health workers and systems in LMICs can handle this change. The aim of this seminar is to discuss how health workers, NGOs, policy makers and researchers can act in this change of focus and best move forward from here. The following issues will be raised:

  • Challenges and opportunities brought about by the increasing burden of NCDs and co-morbidities
  • What can we learn from the successes and challenges of the HIV crisis?
  • How can we utilize the systems and approaches already established?
  • How do we best integrate prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of CDs and NCDs?
  • Can we break the silos of NCDs and CDs?
  • How do we avoid competition between CDs and NCDs (and other cross-cutting / mainstreaming issues) and instead look for synergies?
  • Where do we find the means to respond to this increasing burden of disease?
  • How can health workers, often limited in numbers, respond to both groups of diseases?
  • How can the individual be included and motivated to be responsible for own health?
  • NCD/CD bridge building and rights based approaches to development: rights holders (demand side) versus duty bearers (supply side). Which valuable experiences do we have from NCDs and CDs?
  • Behaviour Change Communication (structural, social and individual) as a common tool for prevention
  • What is the way forward and perspectives for the future?
  • NCD/CD bridge building in a post-2015 context. What will the relevant SDG be?

These are some of the issues we expect will be discussed and debated at this open seminar. We have invited speakers with theoretical as well as practical programmatic experience of working with interactions between NCDs and CDs.


The seminar will be held in English. Sandwiches and coffee will be served. Please register for the seminar with your name and organization, no later than April 15, to Jane Brandt Sørensen at

Participants: Members of The Network for Health and Development, researchers, NGOs, policy makers, students and others interested in global health challenges.


16.00-16.05 Welcome and introduction

Henriette Laursen, Director, AIDS-Fondet

16.05-16.20 Setting the frame + introducing the presenters

Mette Holm, Journalist

16.20-16.50 Neglect or Connect? Adaptation and Adoption of Neglected Diseases

Ib Bygbjerg, Professor of International Health, University of Copenhagen

16.50-17.05 Sandwich Break

17.05-17.25 Opportunities to Integrate NCDs into Existing Systems – Lessons Learned from the HIV-Experience

Astrid Permin, Senior Technical Advisor, Danida

17.25-17.45 Practical Experience from the Field: How TB and Diabetes Screening can be Integrated

Emilie Kirstein, Programme Coordinator, World Diabetes Foundation

17.45-18.05 Synergies for NCDs and CDs in a post-2015 context

Susanne Volqvartz, Director of Development, The Danish NCD-Alliance

18.05-18.15 Coffee Break

18.15-19.00 Panel debate with speakers

19.00-19.15 Wrapping up and goodbye

Mette Holm, Journalist