NCD (Non-Communicable Disease) management during conflicts: lessons from Ukraine

Day 3 – Satellite symposium - GFA Consulting

Day 3 – Satellite symposium

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm (session plus longue)

Event description

A joint initiative of the Act4Health project, led by GFA Consulting Group in partnership with Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), and the WHO Country Office in Ukraine, this panel discussion will focus on “NCD (Non-Communicable Disease) management during conflicts: lessons from Ukraine”. The event will also be attended by our long-standing partners. These include the Ministry of Health, the Public Health Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the World Bank, who will share their experience and knowledge.

The Act4Health project, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is one of the major long-term investments to reduce NCD morbidity and mortality in Ukraine through an integrated, life-course and multidisciplinary approach, focusing on risk factors by promot-ing healthy diet, physical activity, reduced alcohol consumption and tobacco cessation, which are simple and cost-effective interventions to reduce premature death and disability from NCDs.

The overall objective of the NCD panel discussion at the Geneva Health Forum, which will take place on 29 May 2024 in Geneva, is to highlight the importance of investment in the preven-tion and management of NCDs in Ukraine to ensure that no one is left behind in accessing the basic life-saving health services. To promote and support a multidisciplinary and life-course approach to reduce mortality, morbidity and disability related to NCDs in Ukraine, the leadership of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Public Health Centre of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine needs addi-tional support and collaboration with local health authorities and partners, academic institutions, and this requires additional investment.

The panel aims to attract as many partners and donors, policy-makers, government and UN repre-sentatives as possible to encourage investment in the Ukrainian health system and, in particular, to support the Government of Ukraine now and in the coming years to take control and manage NCDs as a major public health threat in the context of war and post-war scenario. We want to highlight the problem of NCDs in Ukraine, which faces a triple threat of war, COVID-19 and economic hardship, in addition to gaps in the allocation of financial resources, both from international donors and local in-vestment, in preparation for the Fourth High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (4HLM on NCDs) of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2025.


Speakers will be announced soon

Presentations and Panel

Speakers will be announced soon

Christian Frutiger

 Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Eva Schildbach

GFA Consulting Group

François Chappuis

Geneva University Hospitals

Olga Gvozdetska

Ministry of Health of Ukraine

Juma Khudonazarov

GFA Consulting Group

Kelsey Vaughan

Health Economist

Andrii Skipalskyi

World Health Organization

Jarno Habicht

World Health Organization

Galyna Maystruk

Act4Health Project

Vladyslav Zbanatskyi

Act4Health Project

Caryn Bredenkamp

World Bank

Gauden Galea



2:00 pm – 2:05 pmOpening StatementMs Eva Schildbach, GFA Consulting Group, Department Director Health
2:05 pm – 2:15 pmOpening StatementMr Christian Frutiger, Head of the Thematic Cooperation Division and SDC Vice-Director
2:15 pm – 2:25 pmOpening StatementOlga Gvozdetska, Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine
2:25 pm – 2:30 pmOpening StatementPr François Chappuis, Geneva University Hospitals, Head of Department of Primary Care, Head of Division of Tropical and Humanitarian Medicine
2:30 pm – 2:35 pmOpening StatementDr Gauden Galea, WHO-EURO, Strategic Advisor to the Regional Director, Special Initiative on Noncommunicable Diseases and Innovation
2:35 pm – 2:55 pmPresentation on Managing NCDs in wartime: challenges and opportunities for UkraineDr Olga Gvozdetska, Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (UPHC), Deputy Director General
2:55 pm – 4:10 pmPanel discussion/networkingDr Galyna Maystruk, Act4Health Project Manager
Dr Vladislav Zbanatskiy, Primary Health Care Coordinator, Act4Health Project
Mr Andrii Skipalskyi, WHO representative in Ukraine
Dr Olga Gvozdetska, Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine
Dr Caryn Bredenkamp, World Bank Ukraine
Ms Uliana Tokarieva, Deputy Minister of Social Policy, Ukraine
4:10 pm – 4:30 pmCoffee Break
4:30 pm – 5:00 pmCost-effectiveness analysis of NCD interventions, model and lessons learned from the SDC-supported Act4Health project in UkraineDr Juma Khudonazarov, GFA Consulting Group, Consultant and Act4Health Project Leader
Ms Kelsey Vaughan, Health Economist
5:00 pm – 5:30 pmPreventing and controlling NCD risk factors in humanitarian emergencies as integral parts of resilient health systems and health services: Ukraine’s inputs.Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative / Head of Country Office in Ukraine
Mr Andrii Skipalskyi, WHO Representative in Ukraine
5:30 pm – 6:00 pmCreating a supporting environment for NCD prevention and control in Ukraine – a Health System PerspectiveDr Caryn Bredenkamp, World Bank, Program Leader for Human Development
6:00 pm – 7:00 pmNetworking

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