Round Table #4

Diagnostics for the Future – Integrated Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Infectious Diseases

No invitations necessary; open to all conference registrants

Wednesday, 7 December 2016
CTICC room location: 1.4


The increasing burdens of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) threaten the health and development of many countries both rich and poor, thereby creating market incentives for the development of effective diagnostics. NCDs are further worsened by differences in epidemiological context, including complex interactions with certain infectious diseases and maternal and child conditions.  Factors such as cost, required sophisticated infrastructure, and highly trained health workers make most existing technologies unsuitable and not accessible in resource limited settings.  There is a growing need for low cost non-invasive methods to develop diagnostics bundles that can be used to guide effective integrated management both NCDs and infectious diseases, especially in resource limited settings.  The objectives of this Round Table are:  i) to explore the convergence of NCDs and infectious diseases and potential diagnostic bundles that may improve patient management and health outcomes; ii) to determine how laboratory and Point-of-Care (POC) test results may be linked in connectivity-enabled systems to ensure quality assurance, supply chain management and effective linkage to care and treatment.


  • Rosanna Peeling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
  • Lawrena Okoro, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, Nigeria


The Double Dividend: UNICEF’s approach to improving maternal and child health
Chewe Luo, UNICEF, United States

The Converging Epidemics of Non-Communicable Diseases and Infectious Diseases
Nasheeta Peer, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Leveraging HIV Programmes to Improve Family Health
Susan Allen, Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group, United States

Unlocking the Potential of Connectivity for Integrated Management and Linkage to Care
Ben Cheng, International Diagnostics Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom