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COVID-19 and Chronic Conditions: What’s next?

Join us as we critically examine the impact and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on chronic conditions worldwide. What have we learned and how can we improve?

COVID-19 and population health

Our two-day, four-part symposium featuring distinguished speakers including academics, clinicians, decision-makers, funders, and journalists, will provide an epidemiological perspective on this pressing issue, as well as exploring impact and innovation in health care services, ways to strengthen health systems, and global health research and policy. 

Programme Day 1 - 2 November 2021

11.00-12.30: Session 1 - The epidemiological perspective 

Chair: Professor David Leon, LSHTM

  • 11.00-11.05: Welcome and introduction 
  • 11.05-11.20: Factors associated with excess all-cause mortality in the first wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the UK  
  • 11.20-11.35: New perspectives on international variations in seasonal excess deaths 
    • Speaker: Vladimir Shkolnikov, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research 
  • 11.35-11.50: Communicating numbers and risks during the pandemic: what are the lessons for the future?  
  • 11.50-12.30: Panel discussion  
14.00-15.30: Session 2 - Impact and innovation in health care services  

Chair: Professor Ellen Nolte, LSHTM

  • 14.00-14.15: Acute cardiac care during COVID-19: how services may change in the future    
  • 14.15-14.30: Creating Fast Track Surgical Hubs during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this means for the future
  • 14.35-14.50: Indirect acute effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical and mental health in the UK: a population-based study 
  • 14.50-15.30: Panel discussion  

Programme Day 2 – 3 November 2021  

11.00-12.30: Session 3 - Strengthening health systems  

Chair: Professor Tolib Mirzoev, LSHTM

  • 11.00-11.05: Welcome and introduction 
  • 11.05-11.20: Primary healthcare adaptations to NCD care in the COVID-19 era 
  • 11.20-11.35: Impact of COVID-19 on health financing: implications for essential healthcare service delivery in Kenya 
  • 11.35-11.50: The novel contribution of the private sector in a multi-sector response to COVID-19 in Nigeria, the challenges of coordination and transparency in managing financial and material resources and implications for vulnerable urban dwellers  
  • 11.50-12.30: Panel discussion 
14.00-15.30: Session 4 - Global health research and policy  

Chair: Professor Martin McKee, LSHTM

  • 14.00-14.20: Has COVID-19 changed global research funding strategies? National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD) strategies to support equity in global health funding 
    • Speakers: Dr Val Snewin, DHSC and Dr Morven Roberts, GACD 
  • 14.20-14.35: How COVID-19 brought intellectual property regimes and access to medicines to the global health discussion 
    • Speaker: Dr Els Torreele, Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL 
  • 14.35-15.15: Panel discussion  
  • 15.15-15.30: Final words with Professor Liam Smeeth, LSHTM

Recording links

Watch the symposium: Day 1 

Watch the symposium: Day 2

LSHTM's response to COVID-19

LSHTM experts are involved in many different aspects of COVID-19 research as well as providing guidance to those responding around the globe every day. Find out about our latest research, news, events and free online courses on the outbreak.

Subscribe to LSHTM Viral podcast to hear the latest science behind the coronavirus outbreak and the global response to COVID-19. You can listen to LSHTM Viral wherever you get your podcasts: AnchorApple PodcastsBreakerCastboxGoogle PodcastsOvercastPocket CastsRadioPublicSpotifyStitcher.

There cannot be any complacency as to the need for global action. With your help, we can plug critical gaps in the understanding of COVID-19. This will support global response efforts and help to save lives around the world. Support LSHTM's COVID-19 Response Fund.


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