Day 1: Friday February 16, 2018


Registration, coffee
8:30-9:00Introductory remarks
Dean Iman Nuwayhid, FHS
Nisreen Salti, Department of Economics

Session I: Economics and the NCDs epidemic


Rachel Nugent, RTI

The Urgent Need to Advance SDG Progress Through NCDs: The Case for Using Economic Tools and Policies​


Ali Mokdad, University of Washington

Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in 194 countries: Findings from The Global Burden of Disease​


Moderator: Maia Sieverding, FHS, AUB


Session II: Macroeconomics of NCDs



Jad Chaaban, AUB

The Macroeconomics of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Middle East and North Africa


Andrew Mirelman, University of York

The Macroeconomic and Welfare Benefits of Reducing Road Traffic Injuries in Low and Middle-Income Countries​


Moderator: Rima Nakkash, FHS, AUB

11:00-11:30Coffee Break

Session III: Economics of Mental Health


Rabih El Chammay, USJ

The Cost of Neglecting Mental Health​


Monique Chaaya, AUB

The Burden of Dementia


Moderator: Lilian Ghandour, FHS, AUB


Session IV: Economics of Cancer


Stephen Jan, The George Institute

The Household Economic Burden of Non-Communicable Disease:  A Case Study of Cancer in Eight Countries in South East Asia


Hellen Gelband, Centre for Global Health Research, University of Toronto

The Economic and Development Case for Cancer Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries


Moderator: Abla Sibai, FHS, AUB

13:30-14:30 ​Lunch break

Session V: Inequality and the NCDs


Jahangir Khan, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Tackling Socio-Economic Inequalities and Non-Communicable Diseases in LMICs - An Overview of the Bangladesh Case​


Franco Sassi, OECD

Equity Impacts of Price Policies to Promote Healthy Behaviors​


Moderator: Ali Chalak, FAFS, AUB


Session VI: The economic case for investing in NCDs prevention


Melanie Bertram, WHO

Investing in Non-Communicable Diseases: an estimation of the return on investment for prevention and treatment services


Awad Mataria, WHO-EMRO

WHO’s Work on the Economics of NCDs in the Region and Future Perspectives​


Moderator: Samer Jabbour, FHS, AUB

Day 2: Saturday February 17, 2018

Recap of first day
Launching the network

Group work session to discuss:

  • challenges (research, data, funding etc...)
  • partner institutions from LMIC
  • mission/vision of network
  • logistics/admin/legal aspects of setting up network and funding
  • suggested activities and research for 2018-2020
10:45-11:00Coffee break
11:00-12:00Presentation of group discussions
12:00-12:30Way Forward
12:30-12:45​Conclusion + Group photo