Registration and Coffee


Welcome Speech by Verena Wieland, Vice-President of the Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland

Part 1: Determinants of NCDs

9:40 Political and economical determinants

How to win a campaign for a Soda Tax: the Mexican Case by Alejandro Calvillo, Director El Poder del Consumidor, Mexico


Setting the scene: NCDs in Switzerland by Nora Kronig Romero, Vice-Director General Swiss Federal Office of Public Health


Leveraging national evidence at regional and global policy level to shape the NCDs agenda: SDC contribution by Erika Placella, Health Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Coffee Break

11:10 Social and environmental determinants


Better Hearts Better Cities: a multisector approach to improve heart health in low-income urban communities by Roberta Bosurgi, Head of Urban Health Initiative, Novartis Foundation


Addressing social determinants of NCDs through community mobilisation by Tatyana Haplichnik, country coordinator for Belarus, Swiss Red Cross


Health Promotion Approach to NCD: Toward Transformative Action by Sunghea Park, Dr. / Intern of unit Health System Support, Swiss TPH

12:05 Part 2: Challenges for Organisation of Care


Care and Management of NCDs in Primary Care - Professional priorities versus patient needs by Manfred Zahorka, Head of unit Sexual and Reproductive Health, Swiss TPH


Example from the practice: The rural Lugala Hospital in Tanzania and the advent of NCDs by Peter Hellmold, Medical officer in charge Lugala Hospital, Tanzania, SolidarMed


Frank Jacob, Regional Medical Officer Morogoro, Tanzania, Regional Health Administration Tanzania


13:50 Part 3: Workshops



Group A:

Challenges for the organisation
of NCD care

With Manfred Zahorka, Swiss TPH,
Monika Christofori-Khadka, SRC and
Nicusor Fota, CRED Foundation


Group B:

Addressing NCDs through health promotion
at community level

With Helen Prytherch and
Sunghea Park, Swiss TPH

Group C:

Advocacy work – political action for
addressing the determinants

With Martin Leschhorn Strebel, Medicus Mundi Switzerland


Presentation of the main findings

15:05 Part 4: The way forward: Policies on national and global level


How to leverage the political construction of NCDs at the global level? by Olivia Heller, Project Associate cohesion project, Division of Tropical & Humanitarian Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals

15:25 Panel



Jochen Ehmer, Director SolidarMed
Nora Kronig Romero,
Vice-Director General Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Alejandro Calvillo, Director El Poder del Consumidor

Moderated by Martin Leschhorn Strebel, Director Medicus Mundi Switzerland