International Journal of Noncommunicable Diseases

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 151--152

Noncommunicable disease Café: “Tackling noncommunicable diseases: Hitting the ground with the right notes” – An informal conversation of experiences and perspectives from global experts on NCD prevention and control


Preet K Dhillon1, Deepika Saraf2,  
1 Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, Public Health Foundation of , Gurugram, Haryana, India
2 Institute of Cancer Prevention Research, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Deepika Saraf
Institute of Cancer Prevention Research, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
India




How to cite this article:
Dhillon PK, Saraf D. Noncommunicable disease Café: “Tackling noncommunicable diseases: Hitting the ground with the right notes” – An informal conversation of experiences and perspectives from global experts on NCD prevention and control.Int J Non-Commun Dis 2017;2:151-152


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Dhillon PK, Saraf D. Noncommunicable disease Café: “Tackling noncommunicable diseases: Hitting the ground with the right notes” – An informal conversation of experiences and perspectives from global experts on NCD prevention and control. Int J Non-Commun Dis [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Mar 1 ];2:151-152
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Topic-specific cafes are hosted at various international conferences to provide interactive platforms for open discussions on key topics, as well as a space for networking with prominent expert and thought leaders, with an emphasis on partnership and collaboration. In the same league, a noncommunicable disease (NCD) Café was organized at the World NCD Congress 2017 [Figure 1].{Figure 1}

The panel of experts represented various backgrounds and expertise including a global funder's perspective on NCD research; a clinician focused on cardiovascular disease and health systems, researchers who work in tobacco control and policy, as well as adolescent health promotion and alcohol program; and a state-level medical officer who implements and monitors government screening for common NCDs such as hypertension, diabetes, and oral, cervical, and breast cancers. While the audience proposed questions about funding, research, and career opportunities in NCD prevention and control, others emphasized the importance of defining one's interests and finding mentors with mutual areas of interest.

A café ambience helped facilitate conversations between junior researchers and the panel experts on a range of topics that centered around practical experiences and guidance for research, funding, and career planning in NCDs. Everyone was encouraged to speak at least once in the informal setting, and the opportunity to connect was appreciated by many, as it allowed for a dialog around real-world settings and scenarios, the challenges, and opportunities. Having a connection with similar passions in this space is a theme that emerged from the panel experts and the audience alike, for developing successful research and programs in this area going forward.

Certain important takeaway lessons about NCD research and programs for NCD prevention and control include the importance of using frameworks (e.g., Re-AIM) for conceptualizing and monitoring one's work, of making connections with policymakers, of plans for integration into larger programs, and how capacity building addresses important gaps. The importance of flexibility and adaptation was mentioned for innovative work in this space.

International and national NCD experts from organizations such as Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, University of Birmingham, Public Health Foundation of India, and the Tamil Nadu State Health Department participated in the discussion along with representatives of UNDP, Amity University, Healis Institute of Public Health, and State Medical Colleges. The event was coordinated by ICMR and PHFI.

Theme:

Tackling NCDs: Hitting the ground with the right notes

Resource persons/ contributors

Celina Gorre (Executive Director, Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases); Paramjit Singh Gill (Professor, University of Birmingham, UK); Monica Arora (Director, Health Promotions, Public Health Foundation of India); Jerard M Selvam (Deputy Director-NCDs, Tamil Nadu); Prakash C Gupta (Director, Healis-Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health); Preet K. Dhillon, Sr. Research Scientist, PHFI and Deepika Saraf, Sr. Scientist, ICMR.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.