Beyond the pandemic: Health systems change to protect children and adolescents from NCDs

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of health systems around the world. Emergency measures have created barriers to accessing essential services and medicines, with major impacts on children and young people, especially those living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). As the pandemic continues into the foreseeable future, we must position youth at the center of discussions about preparedness, push for health systems change to protect the most vulnerable, and invest in healthier and more resilient societies.

NCD Child presents a webinar that focuses on discussions that encourage thoughtful dialogue about the health systems changes needed to protect young people, and the importance of engaging young people as active and positive change agents.

Watch the event by clicking on the video below.


  • Dr. Robert Blum, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Dr. Aatekah Owais, Centre for Global Child Health at SickKids 
  • Dr. Simone Spence, Ministry of Health & Wellness, Jamaica 
  • Dr. Kerry Kalweit, Youth With Diabetes (YWD) 

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