The annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference kicks off this weekend with the theme, “Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems.” Key sessions from the conference highlight the relationship between climate change and health, social determinants of health, how to promote healthy outcomes in conflict-afflicted areas, and the burden of non-communicable diseases in low-income countries.

Johns Hopkins University is co-hosting the 2017 conference, along with Makerere University in Uganda. The Health Systems Program in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will have two plenary panel sessions held on Sunday, April 9: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) with Dr. Adnan Hyder, and Humanitarian Emergencies with Dr. Paul Spiegel.

Department Chair, Dr. David Peters, will also be a featured speaker in a pre-conference satellite session on Thursday, April 6, entitled Putting Quality on the Global Health Agenda. Register here.

Deaths from NCDs are rising rapidly worldwide, especially in developing countries who often lack the necessary resources and experience to respond adequately to this growing burden. Many health systems in LMICs are already struggling with poverty and unmet health needs from infectious diseases; NCDs - such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease – exacerbate an already fragile health system. In addition, addressing injury-related deaths often results in a challenge to convince governments that injuries are a health care issue.

Dr. Hyder, Professor and Director of the Health Systems Program, will present “Beyond Epidemiology of Injuries,” and will address the public health threat that deaths from injuries pose in LMICs. He will also discuss evidence-based strategies used to effect policy change and prevent injury-related deaths.

Participants will be invited to share their experiences and suggestions on responding to the growing challenge of NCDs and deaths from injuries. At the end of the session, participants will be able to understand the emerging epidemic of NCDs in LMICs, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa; understand the value of and how to utilize established infectious disease care platforms for NCD care and prevention; and understand successful approaches and challenges to curbing injuries. The session will be held from 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Later that afternoon, Dr. Paul Spiegel will moderate a panel session on humanitarian emergencies. Dr. Spiegel is Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, hosted by the Health Systems Program and Department of International Health. The session, held from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., will address the current global challenge of humanitarian emergencies and displacement of millions, and discuss ways to adapt health care responses for the future.

The CUGH conference is held from April 7 – 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. For more information on sessions, as well as the rest of the conference agenda, click here