The Zimbabwe NCDI Poverty Commission convened its inaugural meeting 23-24 September 2019 in Harare. During the two-day meeting, the Commission assessed the NCDI burden in Zimbabwe, completed a priority-setting process to identify priority NCDI conditions, and reviewed health interventions to address these conditions, taking equity and cost-effectiveness into account.
Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission Co-Chair Ana Mocumbi was lead author of a research article that studied individuals presenting to the emergency departments of three hospitals to generate reliable and robust data describing the pattern of emergency presentations attributable to communicable diseases (CDs), non-communicable disease (NCDs) and injuries in three different regions of Mozambique.
The Nepal NCDI Poverty Commission met in Kathmandu on 6 June 2019 to conduct a mid-term review of activities undertaken in Phase 2 of their work, following publication of their Phase 1 report in March 2018. The Commission’s key objectives for this second phase include developing and piloting models for integrated delivery of NCDI services at health centers and first-level hospitals.
On December 5th, the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School with support from the NCD Synergies program at Partners In Health hosted a four-day NCDI Poverty National Commission Initiator’s Workshop at the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery in Dubai, UAE. The Workshop brought together Ministry of Health and implementer colleagues from across 16 low and lower-middle income countries.
The Ethiopia NCDI Commission formally launched their report at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addis Ababa on November 27, 2018. Her Excellency Dr. Lia Tadesse, State Minister of Health, opened and closed the event and participated in a panel discussion with members of the Commission.
The Liberia NCDI Poverty Commission’s report was officially launched on November 14, 2018, at a World Diabetes Day event at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia. The event was preceded by a public parade from the stadium to the Ministry. Mrs. Joyce Sherman, Assistant Minister of Preventive Services, opened the proceedings and launched the report. She was joined at the end of the event by Minister of Health Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah.
Malawi's Minister of Health and Population, the Honorable Atupele Muluzi, formally launched the Malawi NCDI Poverty Commission Report on August 21, at an event attended by over 100 stakeholders at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.
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.
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.