Total of 10 Credits (IDI Accreditation)

International Symposium on Research, Policy & Action
to Reduce the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases

Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University,
Yogyakarta, 26-27 September 2013

The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) is continuosly increasing. Of 52,8 million deaths in 2012, 34,5 million could be attributed to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)—65%. (Lozano et al 2012). In the same year, 54% of disability-adjusted life years worldwide were caused by NCDs, compared with only 43% in 1990.It is anticipated that mortality and morbidity due to NCDs will only increase during the next five to 25 years; in some regions, such as Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region (APR), the burden of NCDs will be higher than in others. In East Asia and the Pacific, it is projected that NCDs will account for up to 80 percent of all deaths and 40 per cent of all morbidity by 2030 (WHO 2011).

The need to address this rising burden of disease is increasingly being acknowledged internationally, as reflected by UN General Assembly's 2011 political declaration on the prevention and control of NCDs. In 2012, the World Health Assembly endorsed as animportant new health goal: to reduce avoidablemortality from NCDs by25% by 2025 (the 25 by 25 goal). In 2012, the UN conference on sustainable development,Rio+20, also referred to non-communicable diseases(NCDs) as "one of the major challenges for sustainabledevelopment in the 21st century", emphasising thefundamental link between health and development.

Despite global resolutions and rhetoric , chronic NCDs remain the least recognised group of conditions that threaten the future of human health and wellbeing (Horton 2013).Countries in Southeast Asia for instance have spent very little resources addressing the major health and development issue of chronic non-communicabledisease(Dans et al 2011).Many of these countries, including Indonesia, are still trying to cope with old infectious diseases as well as new and emerging infections. If neglected, however, chronic non-communicable diseases could threaten national development and ultimately jeopardize the capacity of nations to respond to health needs at large. Therefore, acomprehensive and coherent non-communicable disease programme cannot await control of communicable diseases. Both must take place at the same time.

A sustainable and effective national programme for prevention and control of NCDs needs to be championed by well informed leaders (Dans et al 2011). Leadership has to come not only from the health sector, but also from other sectors, including lawmakers and heads of local government. Civil societies should play a major role in holding governments accountable for delivering on non-communicable disease commitments. As epidemiological and scientific understanding of NCDs evolves, it is essential that theresearch community responsible for producing and publishing research findings, work hard to ensurethat their implications are understood and acted upon by policy makers and politicians alike.

Symposium Programme

Thursday, 26 September 2013




Opening Remarks

  1. Dance performance
  2. Chair of the Organizing Committee
  3. Vice Rector of Collaboration and Alumni, Universitas Gadjah Mada


Session 1 – NCDs, Health and Development agendas


Dr Yodi Mahendradhata,MSc,PhD (Center for Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University)

Dr. drg. Theresia Ronny Andayani, MPH
(BAPPENAS / National Planning Bureau)


Vice Dean for Research, Collaboration & Postgraduate Studies, FM GMU


Coffee breaks


Session 2 – Climate Change and Non-Communicable Diseases


Prof. Dr. Rainer Sauerborn (Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Hari Kusnanto
(Center for Environmental Study, Gadjah Mada University)


Dr Revati Phalkey (Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany)


Lunch Break


Session 3 – Health sector strategies to prevent and control NCDs


Dr. dr. Hernani Djarir, MPH
(WHO Country Representative)

dr. Prima Yosephine (Head of Directorate of Chronic and Degenerative Diseases Control, Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia)


Prof. Dr. Siswanto Agus Wilopo, MSc (Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University)


Coffee break


Session 4 –Improving health system’s responsiveness to Non-Communicable Diseases


Dr Krishna Hort
(Nossal Instiute, Melbourne University, Australia)

Dr. Suwarta A Kosen (National Institute for Health Research and Development)


Prof.Dr. Laksono Trisnantoro (Center for Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University)


Friday, 27 September 2013


Recap of Day I

Chair/Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee


Session 5 – Healthcare and community systems preparatio and Managing NCDs


dr. Lutfan Lazuardi, PhD (Center for Health Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University)

Dr. Maria Nillson (Umea Center for Global Health Research, Sweden)

dr. Fatwa Sari Tetra Dewi, Ph.D (Center for Health Promotion and Behaviour, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University)


Dr Mubasysir Hasanbasri (Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada)


Coffee breaks


Session 6 – Poster Session 1


Dr. Yayi Suryo Prabandari (Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada)


Lunch Break 


Session 7 – Poster Session 2


Dr Retno Siwi Padmawati (Public Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, Gadjah Mada University)


Synthesis and closing

  1. Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata, M.Sc., Ph.D
  2. Vice Dean for Research, Collaboration and Postgraduate Studies, FM UGM


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