June 6 & 7, 2017 | Protecting Children from NCDs: Leadership Advocacy Workshop | Bucharest, Romania
NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition, championing the rights and needs of children, adolescents, and youth who are living with, at risk of developing, or affected by NCDs. NCD Child is committed to the prevention of NCDs in children and adolescents, and to the treatment and palliation, care and support, protection and participation of children and adolescents affected by NCDs throughout their life-course. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) serves as the secretariat for NCD Child. NCD Child is leading a series of activities to call attention to child and adolescent NCD issues and to highlight the discrepancies between recent global commitments to a life-course approach to NCDs and current global targets and indicators and key recommendations for health in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals framework. Part of the activities will be regional workshops to engage national child health leaders, youth-serving NGOs, and national governments through regional workshops designed to activate child and adolescent NCD stakeholders.
The regional workshop in Bucharest, Romania, held prior to the 8th Annual Europaediatrics Congress hosted by the European Paediatric Association and the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations, will include a mix of key lectures, panels, and group breakouts. The workshop is cosponsored by the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations, NCD Child, the Romanian Society of Pediatrics, the International Pediatric Association (IPA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Workshop content will provide introductory advocacy lessons, a global overview of the state of NCDs in children and adolescents, and practical strategies to effectively advocate for the inclusion of children and adolescents in country-level NCD agendas. The technical content will address general NCDs with attention to tobacco, obesity, disability, injury prevention, and mental health. Along with clinical background, participants will leave the workshops equipped with knowledge on the status of NCDs on the global health agenda; connections to public health stakeholders through NGOs, youth-led organizations, and government officials; and realistic strategies for championing children and adolescents within the existing agenda. Opportunities to partner with WHO agencies, UNICEF, and other global non-state agencies will also be presented. The immediate output from the workshop will be trained country leader teams and a country-level plan, drafted by the participants with input from faculty and peers. The longer-term outcome of the workshops will be increased dialogue and policy change related to young people and NCDs by country stakeholders.
The European Paediatric Association and the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations is an association of national pediatric societies throughout Europe dedicated to promoting the child’s rights to health, equity, and social justice through science, research, public health, and education. The American Academy of Pediatrics is a US membership organization of 64,000 pediatricians and pediatric medical and surgical specialists dedicated to the health of all children.