On the occasion of the 73rd UN General Assembly and the third High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), Devex and Royal Philips – in collaboration with the World Economic Forum – hosted a special session during the World Economic Forum NCD Day to discuss the importance of diagnosis and early detection in the battle against NCDs.
The panel of featured speakers discussed why we need to expand the conversation from a prevention and treatment focused framework to include the importance of diagnosis and early detection. Why are diagnostics left out of the conversation so often and how do we bring them to the discussion as a distinct, but equally important, tool in the fight against NCDs?
It also explored the link to wider conversation around universal health coverage by highlighting the importance of early detection and diagnosis of NCDs in community and primary care settings. The event gathered over 80 global leaders from the private sector, government, international organizations, and civil society who were all invited to share their thoughts and comments during the Q&A.