Karachi: Aga Khan University (AKU) would be holding the 17th National Health Sciences Research Symposium from Feb 25 to 27, 2014. The focus this year will be on Noncommunicable Diseases.
Noncommunicable diseases are chronic diseases which cannot be passed from person to person. Current evidence indicates that four types of NCDs; i.e. cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes account for almost two-thirds of all deaths globally, with 80 per cent of these deaths occurring in low-income and middle-income countries.
As one of the major international events in Pakistan, the symposium would provide a discussion platform for health professionals, policy makers, educators and media. Policy-makers, key health professionals, senior government officials, partners, health department personnel, doctors, MBBS students (Final year), nurses, allied health professionals and national media representatives will be in attendance.
Renowned national and international speakers would discuss a variety of topics, including lifestyle management, diabetes, tobacco cessation, hypertension, mental health, stroke, sexual health, trauma injury, disaster management, heart diseases, nutrition, kidney diseases, women and child health, chronic respiratory diseases and economic burden of NCDs.