There are four main noncommunicable diseases that afflict people: cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes. These diseases kill three in five people worldwide, and cause great socioeconomic harm within all countries, particularly developing nations.
Sir George Alleyne, director emeritus for the Pan American Health Organization, will present "Noncommunicable Disease: The Global Challenge" as part of the third annual Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Series in Global Health on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in McNeil Science and Technology Center’s AstaZeneca auditorium.
Hosted by Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, Sir Alleyne will review the evidence that a major proportion of such diseases can be prevented and controlled and that affordable solutions exist to reduce the level of exposure of individuals and populations to the common modifiable risk factors (mainly tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol). Sir Alleyne will also discuss how to improve access to health care and prevent complications and disability in those with established noncommunicable diseases in low and middle income countries.
A leading global public health figure, Sir Alleyne was instrumental in initiating the United Nations High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011 and was intimately involved in its preparation and processes. A native of Barbados, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.
The Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Series in Global Health is made possible through the generosity of Ilene Warner-Maron PhD’07.
The event is free and open to the public; however, the courtesy of an RSVP is requested. For eligible participants, learn how to earn pharmacy continuing education credits.