- World Salt Awareness Week: Get Involved
- Reverse Innovation- rich learning from poor?
- Symposium: Preventing Global NCDs through Low Carbon Development.
- GACD intent to fund type 2 diabetes research
- Harvard Review of Psychiatry's special issue on global mental health
- Chronic kidney disease is a strong risk even without the presence of hypertension or diabetes
- Learning from AIDS: Responding to non-communicable diseases
- Obesity and under-nutrition prevalent in long-term refugees
- The challenge of agenda setting in global health research
- Socioeconomic inequalities in the prevalence of risk factors in low- and middle-income countries
- GACD Debate at Parliament: NCDs Whose Problem is it?
- Minimum Price for Alcohol Saving Lives or Killing Savings?
- A Grey Area: Do the Elderly Hold the Key to Tackling Non-Communicable Disease?
- GACD Ottawa meeting
- Double Burden of Noncommunicable and Infectious Diseases in Developing Countries
- Fat chance: The Economist's Obesity profile. The World is getting wider.
- NCDs are the largest global burden of diseases
- Can the media do more to highlight the growing emergence of Non-Communicable Diseases in developing countries?
- Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Annual Report 2012 Released
- US Health Secretary Sebelius on GACD's hypertension programme
- NIH Webinar: Community Health Workers Tackling Chronic Diseases
- NCD Africa: a view from Uganda
- Non-communicable diseases high on the 2013 World Health Assembly (WHA) agenda
GACD Ottawa meeting
13 December 2012
GACD global teams gather in Ottawa
International research teams from the
Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD)’s Hypertension projects have been
meeting (8-11 December) and sharing
strategies for the first time in Ottawa, Canada.
Research Teams from 15 project groups from Australia to Peru, met to exchange ideas and joint working strategies, setting the agenda for the GACD’s first joint technical steering committee.
GACD Executive Director Celina Gorre, opened comments by telling teams
“You are the pioneers for the GACD’s first RFA (Request for Applications). Its up to you to set the agenda and influence our work for future teams to come.”
In addition to themed working groups around comparative project themes of Salt Reduction, Mobile technology and learning from HIV/Aids, teams discussed ideas around joint publications, evaluation, peer review, community and policy maker engagement.
From ground breaking research to policy
On day two, discussion was driven by Dr Mickey Chopra, UNICEF’S Chief of Health, who joined the group via webinar to share UNICEF’s experiences in managing health inequalities. He explained how key organizational structures are to UNICEF’s ways of working on the ground.
“You have to think about the MESO approach, the scale and the context, working on a more networked modal approach, embedding innovations in a context, accepting that failure is a key part of learning. We need the mechanisms to try new things, but to recognize key trigger points.”
How do you put chronic or lifestyle diseases at the centre of policy? That was the debate led by Dr Derek Yach from the Vitality Institute, Inuit public health consultant Gail Turner and chronic disease programme manager from Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, Sarah Gumede, who dived into a “fish bowl” style discussion around getting NCDs firmly into policy and connected with communities.
To culminate, an ambassador’s dinner hosted by CIHR’s President Dr Alain Beaudet put the learning into practice.
Flickr photos from the meeting available here