On March 10, at 14:00 Moscow time (GMT +3), the Valdai Club will host an expert discussion, titled “Beyond COVID: International Recognition of Russia’s Experience in Combating Noncommunicable Diseases”.
Despite the fact that the public attention is entirely focused on the problem of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, other challenges facing the healthcare system remain relevant. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) remain a major threat to public health worldwide. According to the WHO, they are responsible for more than 70% of deaths in the world every year.
The experience of the Russian healthcare system in the pandemic era can serve as an example for other countries and regions. Russia was not only able to quickly develop several vaccines against the coronavirus and take control of the spread of the disease, but also made progress in preventing NCDs. In January, Russia was awarded a special UN prize for success in the prevention of non-communicable diseases, namely: reduction of alcohol, drug and other addictions, as well as psychological diseases.
How can Russian experience help other countries in the fight against NCDs? What preventive interventions are central to the fight against NCDs? How does the Russian healthcare system manage to be active on all fronts? What difficulties is it experiencing today? What foreign experience can be useful for Russia?