INES-Ruhengeri through the department of Biomedical laboratory sciences and research cluster of Health and Sanitation Development and management organized a two days international conference “The 1st International Conference On Non Communicable Diseases” from 28th to 29th August 2018 on the theme Addressing the challenges of NCDs-reaching SDGs.
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are increasingly recognized as a major global health challenges and threaten progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Thus, they require a response by all sectors of society. The rapid rise in NCDs is predicted to impede poverty reduction initiatives in low and middle-income countries particularly by forcing up household costs associated with health care. The exorbitant costs of NCDs, including often lengthy and expensive treatment, where coupled with the loss of breadwinners, are likely to force millions of people into poverty in Africa, stifling development. According to World Health Organization report of 1st June 2018, NCDs kill about 41 million people each year with nearly 80% of NCD deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.
In his welcome remarks Fr. Dr Fabien Hagenimana, the rector of INES-Ruhengeri explained the efforts of INES in doing research to address the problem our society is facing. “INES has introduced research clusters; Settlement, housing and roads network, Land use management and governance, Water and Soil resources Engineering and Management, Applied Biotechnology in value chain development and management, Health and Sanitation Development and management, Economic Development and Governance, Crosscutting clusters (IT, SAE, EDUCATION, LAW) to facilitate and strengthen research ” he said.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to INES-Ruhengeri for the initiative to address NCDs as they constitute a burden to the world. I thank the organizing committee of this conference and the hospitality that has been extended to us. I congratulate all participants for the successful and fruitful discussions during the last two days.” Said Dr. Mazarati Jean Baptiste, Head of department of biomedical services.
When opening this conference Bishop Vincent HAROLIMANA, the Chancellor of INES-Ruhengeri said that the conference is in the orientation of INES of being applied sciences.
“Following the agenda of Heads of State and Government, INES-Ruhengeri through the Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences wishes to contribute to the reduction of the frequency of NCDs as a global health problem. The initiatives in NCDs reduction are based on establishment of a “Center for Non Communicable Diseases” control and prevention and the development of postgraduate programs on NCDs to train qualified scientist, conduct specific research and promotes the awareness of NCDs in the community” said Bishop Vincent
This conference of addressing the challenge of NCDs will bring together more than 80 people from different countries including stakeholders, researchers, academicians, health professionals and experts, to share views and experiences to date on the challenges and opportunities in NCDs prevention, diagnosis, treatment and control.