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NCD forum to open tomorrow in Sharjah
BY A STAFF REPORTER December 08, 2017
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SHARJAH: The second Global NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Alliance Forum, which runs from Dec. 9-11 will commence tomorrow at 4pm in Sharjah in the presence of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Founder and Patron of Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP). The organiser, NCD Alliance, chose the emirate to host the first two editions of the event, where most respected NCD health experts from around the world  will strategise on how to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases – responsible for more than 40 million deaths globally each year.

Having held the highly successful inaugural edition and influenced global agendas on NCDs in 2015, Sharjah-based FoCP will welcome more than 350 delegates and 80 expert speakers to the Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre, including scientists, medical pioneers, support groups, NGOs and civil societies from 68 countries such as Kenya, Mexico, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Brazil, Jordon, India, Zanzibar Sweden, Norway, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia, Paraguay, Jamaica, Chile, Philippines, Germany, France, Zambia, Mozambique, Lebanon, Canada, Egypt, Nepal, Cameroon, Indonesia, Finland, Argentina, Ethiopia and many others across five continents.

The three-day forum is being held under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher. Some of the most respected experts in the field of NCDs speaking at the event include: HRH Princess Dina Mired, President-Elect of the Union for International Cancer Control, who was the first Arab and non-medical professional to have been elected in such a prestigious global post; Sir George Alleyne, a medical graduate of the University of the West Indies who worked under Professor John Waterlow in the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit at UWI; José Luis Castro, an expert in global health, organisational development and project implementation, who spent 27 years working on tuberculosis, tobacco control and non-communicable diseases; Katie Dain, Chief Executive Officer of the NCD Alliance, who has been a part of the team since its founding in 2009; Dr. Tom Frieden, one of the world’s leading public health experts and President and Chief Executive Officer of ‘Resolve to Save Lives’, a $225 million, 5-year initiative housed at Vital Strategies; Dr. Sania Nishtar, a Pakistani physician and former federal minister of the Government of Pakistan who has strong civil society credentials as founder of Heartfile. Dr. Nishtar is also co-Chair of WHO High-Level Global Commission on Non-Communicable Diseases; and Dr Alexander Lyon, Senior Lecturer in Cardiology, Imperial College London and Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital, UK.

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