Side event to the 72th World Health Assembly

Diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are global epidemics. They are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly affecting people in low- and middle-income countries. CVD is a leading cause of death and disability in people with diabetes , who are up to three times more likely to have CVD.

On the occasion of the 72nd World Health Assembly, the World Heart Federation (WHF) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) organised a side event called "Joining forces to fight CVD in people living with diabetes: pathways to solutions".tgr tr 1200x700

It was focused on how to decrease CVD-related premature mortality among people with diabetes and the role of Universal Health Coverage in achieving this. 

The event took place in Geneva on May 22, 2019 and speakers included:

  • Dr Larry Sperling, Katz Professor in Preventive Cardiology and Director of the Emory Heart Disease Prevention Center
  • Ms Stela Prgomelja, Vice-President of the Diabetes Association of Serbia and member of IDF Blue Circle Voices
  • Dr Brett Giroir, US Assistant Secretary of Health
  • Mr Veli Auveinen, Economist from the Finnish Ministry
  • Dr Cherian Varghese, NCD Management Coordinator, WHO
  • Prof Rajeev Gupta, Researcher, Preventive Cardiologist, Rehabilitation Specialist and Consultant Physician
  • Mr Lucas Xavier de Oliveira, Nursing student at the University of Sao Paolo

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