The first session in our noncommunicable disease webinar series focused on highlighting and understanding the progress we have made in addressing NCDs in the past decade which saw three United Nations High-Level Meetings on noncommunicable diseases. This progress was framed within the context of the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 in which people living with NCDs are more likely to experience morbidity and mortality from COVD-19. Our speaker, Priya Kanayson, Policy and Advocacy Manager for the NCD Alliance, shared insights on successes and gaps in NCD integration and advocacy from the past decade and look forward to 2030 and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Attendees were challenged to think about the roles they can play in integrating NCDs into existing and future global health initiatives and programs.
Priya Kanayson is the Policy and Advocacy Manager of the NCD Alliance, based in New York City, where she leads the Alliance’s advocacy efforts on integration of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), and works closely with United Nations Permanent Country Missions and Agencies to advance the NCD agenda. She also leads the Alliance’s engagement with the universal health coverage (UHC) and financing for health agendas. Prior to joining the NCD Alliance in 2014, Priya worked with UNAIDS, New York Office, where she supported the monitoring of, and reporting on, relevant discussion in the Economic and Social Council and General Assembly, including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, and supported engagement with civil society. Priya holds a Master of Public Health from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. @priyamvadak @ncdalliance
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