The aim of the congress is to develop a strong institutional platform, and to strengthen research collaborations between doctors and public health researchers
For the first time in Bangladesh, a two-day scientific congress on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be held in Dhaka on October 20-21.
The Clinical Research Platform, Bangladesh, a tripartite initiative of icddr,b, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ), is going to organize the “1st scientific congress on non-communicable diseases (NCDs)” from 20-21 October in Dhaka.
The organizers announced the schedule at a press conference at BSMMU on Thursday.
The aim of the congress is to develop a strong institutional platform, and to strengthen research collaborations between doctors and public health researchers, said the organizers.
It also offers an opportunity to present and share their seminal works on NCDs with the national and international experts.
Eventually, it will help develop pragmatic strategies for tackling NCDs in Bangladesh, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
BSMMU Vice Chancellor Professor Kanak Kanti Barua, at the press briefing, said: "In accordance to the target set by the World Health Organization, we need to decrease the rate of death from NCDs in Bangladesh to 25% within 2030. But there has been an 8.7% rise (from 58.3% to 66.9%) between 2010 and 2016 in deaths related to non-communicable diseases."
About 71% of the medical expenditure is used for the treatment of the diseases related to NCDs, he added.
Professor Kanak Kanti Barua, also the chief of the organizing committee, said icddr,b, urged BSMMU and BMJ to form such a platform in 2016, and it started it journey in a small scale in 2017.
Later, some 17 physicians from BSSMU and other medical institutes, and seven young researchers were provided training, he said.
In continuation of the training program, the first congress is going to take place, he added.
Dr Aliya Naheed, head of the Initiative for NCDs at icddr,b and convenor of the congress, said: “While awareness and interventions related to non-communicable diseases grew over the last decade in Bangladesh, we still have a huge challenge ahead to curb premature mortality, and to achieve the SDG target 3.4 by 2030.”
According to her, the congress on NCD will kick off with a pre-conference workshop on October 19 at the icddr,b auditorium, facilitated by Anita Jain, clinical editor of the BMJ.