Multimorbidity: Research challenges and opportunities at the interface of infectious and non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries

Rzewuska, M. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangeInvited talk


Panellists Chair Prof Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England (from 1st Oct 2019) & Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Invited speakers • Dr. Magdalena Rzewuska, University of Aberdeen • Prof. Eugene Kinyanda, MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Unit • Dr. Sanghamitra Pati, Indian Council of Medical Research • Prof. Shabbar Jaffar, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Format • (5min) Chair introduces the four panellists and format of session • (30min) The four invited panellists will each give a presentation lasting no more than 7.5min each to set the scene (we initially indicated up to 10mins, but shortened to allow more time for discussion). o Please give 1-2 examples of research at the interface of infectious and non-communicable diseases in a low- and middle-income country setting, highlighting relevant challenges and opportunities. o If you are using slides for your presentation, limit the number to 5 slides and send these to Natalie by 13:00 on Monday 16th September, or before. We will then collate these into a single slide deck and upload for the session in advance. • (25min) Directed panel discussion where Chair will ask questions to panellists (see proposed questions below) • (25min) open discussion with questions from the wider audience • (5min) Chair sums-up and closes session


Session overview
Multimorbidity, the co-existence of two or more chronic conditions, represents a significant health, economic and societal global problem. Multimorbidity is becoming the norm and its increasing burden globally requires action on the wider and complex determinants of health. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) undergoing epidemiological transition, the existing burdens of infectious diseases, maternal and child health problems, and nutritional conditions is augmented by rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.
This panel discussion will bring together expert international scientists and stakeholders to explore the challenges and opportunities of research at the interface of infectious and NCDs in LMIC settings.
This panel session is jointly organised by the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS), the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) / National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Wellcome Trust. We are further developing a joint-funder framework on multimorbidity with a wider group of UK and international funders. The intent is towards delivering a step-change for the prevention, management and treatment of multimorbidity through research and related funder activities.
Period16 Sep 2019
Event title11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health
Event typeConference
Conference number11th
LocationLiverpool, United Kingdom