Mozambique NCDI Poverty Commission Launch

The Mozambique NCDI Poverty Commission launched their final report in Maputo on June 11 in Maputo. With over 100 people in attendance, Dr. Ana Mocumbi, Global Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission co-chair and Chair of the Mozambique NCDI Poverty Commission, presented key findings and recommendations of the report to an audience that included Minister of Health Nazira Abdula and several colleagues from the Ministry. In addition to fellow commissioners and researchers, the audience also included a wide range of health professionals, academics, researchers, civil society organizations, and patient advocacy groups.

The event was filmed for a national news station and received extensive media coverage in Mozambique. The report is available — in Portuguese — here.

dr. ana mocumbi, mozambique ncdi poverty commission chair and co-chair of the global lancet ncdi poverty commission, speaks at the june 11 launch of the mozambique commission’s report in maputo.

dr. ana mocumbi, mozambique ncdi poverty commission chair and co-chair of the global lancet ncdi poverty commission, speaks at the june 11 launch of the mozambique commission’s report in maputo.

lancet ncdi poverty commission co-chairs dr. gene bukhman and dr. ana mocumbi

lancet ncdi poverty commission co-chairs dr. gene bukhman and dr. ana mocumbi

The launch event was held in conjunction with a two-day meeting organized by the Mozambique Institute of Health Education and Research (MIHER) in collaboration with the NCD Synergies team at Partners In Health and the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School – Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries in Southern Africa: A Dialogue on Science, Implementation and Policy. The meeting featured an in-depth discussion on strengthening health systems to provide NCDI treatment to the most vulnerable populations throughout the region. Participants included Ministry of Health leads, researchers, and clinical implementers representing nine countries – Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Zambia and Zimbabwe – as well as representatives of the World Bank, the WHO AFRO Regional Office, WHO Mozambique, and Partners In Health leaders from Lesotho, Malawi and Rwanda.

Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission report launched

The Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission, the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population, and various collaborators gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal for the launch of the Commission’s report on March 26, 2018. Over 80 people attended the launch event to hear Nepalese policymakers, researchers, and clinical implementers share key findings and national recommendations from the report. 

Proceedings were moderated by Commission co-chair Dr. Bhagawan Koirala and Nepal Commission Coordinator Dr. Biraj Karmacharya. Presentations highlighted Commission findings evaluating national NCDI burden of disease and risk factor attribution and the impact NCDs have on financial hardship and impoverishment in Nepal, particularly among the poorest. The report also provided national recommendations for the prioritization of NCDI services using an equity-based lens, accounting for cost-effectiveness, priority to the worse off, and financial risk protection.

Dr. Pushpa Chaudhary , Secretary of the Nepal Ministry of Health, officially launches the report with the Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission Co-Chair, Dr. Bhagawan Koirala.

Dr. Pushpa Chaudhary, Secretary of the Nepal Ministry of Health, officially launches the report with the Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission Co-Chair, Dr. Bhagawan Koirala.

In addition to presenting the key findings of the Commission, the launch featured presentations by:

  • Pushpa Chaudhary – Secretary, Nepal Ministry of Health and Population

  • Jos Vandelaer – Nepal Country Representative, WHO

  • Gene Bukhman – Co-chair, global Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission

  • Indrani Gupta – Commissioner, global Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission

The Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission report and a separate volume of appendices are available here.