Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

Seminar/Webinar: Youth engagement with noncommunicable diseases

The WHO GCM/NCD organised a lunchtime seminar in WHO HQ, on Tuesday 3 May 12.30-14.00 CET, which was also streamed live via Webex for interested parties to take part wherever they are. The focus of the session was "Youth Engagement with NCDs", involving presentations from representatives of the GCM Secretariat, the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Representatives of the WHO GCM/NCD Secretariat also gave a brief update on a Global Communications Campaign on NCDs and discussed how young people can be involved.

The discussions were rich, highlighting the vital importance of engaging youth on NCDs and noting the many successful youth organisations that offer this opportunity, while also recognising that there are still many areas where young people are not aware of NCD issues or their voices are not heard or included.

Youth Engagement with Noncommunicable Diseases


  • Introduce and raise awareness of the global burden of NCDs amongst young people

  • Identify ways for young people to engage on the issue of NCDs

  • Elicit inputs from young people on how to frame the story of NCDs to mobilise other young people

Key questions:

  • What role do youth organisations and young people have to play in tackling noncommunicable diseases?

  • How can young people mobilise in these roles? What can they do in the fight against NCDs?

  • Do health students and young professionals have particular roles to play and responsibilities in engaging the issue?

  • How can WHO and other organisations support young people in engaging these issues?


Dr Laragh Gollogly, Coordinator at World Health Organisation Press
Dr Gollogly coordinates WHO Press and is Editor-in-Chief of its Bulletin. She completed medical training in Belgium and was a surgical resident in Oxford before becoming a Senior Editor for The Lancet in London.


Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Head a.i. GCM/NCD Secretariat, World Health Organisation
Dr Mikkelsen leads the WHO’s Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) and the UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs. In line with the GCM/NCD’s mandate, she facilitates and enhances the coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors on NCDs.

Jordan Jarvis, Executive Director, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN)
Jordan is Executive Director at YP-CDN, a global organisation for NCD and social justice advocacy and policy. She is also a member of The Lancet Youth Commission on Essential Medicines Policies and sits on the Board of Directors for the Network for WHO Intern Alumni and Femme International.

Skander Essafi, Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA)
Skander is a 5th year medical student at the University of Sousse, Tunisia. He serves the IFMSA as Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues and is the IFMSA observer in the WHO GCM/NCD. As part of IFMSA and the Tunisian medical students association, Skander has run NCD workshops and advocacy campaigns.

Please note – technical difficulties unfortunately prohibited Mr Essafi from presenting live. However, all the presentations are available for viewing and download below.