Meeting the chronic disease challenge: high-level regional workshop

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Jakarta, Indonesia

On Tuesday, June 21, 2011, participants in this workshop held in Jakarta will engage in four roundtable sessions covering the important role of prevention, intervention, integrated disease management, and innovative partnerships in the addressing the growing threat of Non-Communicable Disease across Southeast Asia.

This workshop is co-hosted by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease and the Indonesian Ministry of Health.

Workshop program

June 20, 2011


Session Description

18:00 - 21:00

Welcome dinner

Keynote Speaker (TBC)

June 21, 2011

Session Description

8:30 - 9:00


Light breakfast provided

9:00 - 9:15

Welcome remarks

Keynote Speaker (TBC):

9:15 - 10:45

Session 1: NCD Prevention

  • Dr. Martina Nasrun, Secretary, Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Indonesia 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Nila Moeloek, Chairman, Indonesian Cancer Foundation
  • Dr. Chheang Sena, Vice President, Cambodian Diabetes Association

Key breakout questions:

  1. How do we foster health-literate citizens and what are the most effective education strategies in reducing behaviors that lead to heightened risk for chronic disease?
  2. How can these education strategies, along with the significant benefits of heightened chronic disease prevention, be promoted to all stakeholders as well as better showcased to the public?
  3. How can key stakeholders encourage more effective chronic disease screening and prevention?

10:45 - 12:15

Session 2:  NCD Intervention

  • Dr. Tomas Realiza, Board of Trustees, Philippine Cancer Society

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Lee Joon Kiong, President, Osteoporosis Awareness Society of Kuala Lumpur & Former President, Malaysian Osteoporosis Society 
  • Dr. Anna Ulfah Rahajoe, President, Indonesian Heart Association

Key breakout questions:

  1. How can the significant benefits of early chronic disease intervention be promoted to all stakeholders and better showcased to the public?
  2. How can key stakeholders encourage the early detection and treatment of chronic conditions and what are effective strategies worth building upon? 

12:15 - 12:45

Media interviews - optional

12:30 - 13:30


Keynote Speaker:
  • Dr. Kenneth Thorpe, Executive Director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease & former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

13:45 - 15:15

Session 3:  Integrated Disease Management

Moderator (TBC)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Hendra Widjaja, Senior Clinical Services Officer, FHI Indonesia
  • Dr. Chaisri Supornsilaphachai, Senior Expert on Non-Communicable Disease, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health of the Kingdom of Thailand 

Key breakout questions:

  1. Which integrated disease management models have shown the greatest promise and what are the roles of key stakeholders?
  2. What are the most effective tools of integrated disease management?
  3. How can the significant benefits of integrated disease management be promoted to all stakeholders and better showcased to the public?
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 17:15

Session 4:  Addressing NCDs through Innovative Partnerships


Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Leo Indarwahono, Public Health Education Manager, Unilever Foundation Indonesia 
  • Dr. Ahmad Hudoyo , Persahabatan Hospital
  • Dr. Cheong Sok Ching, Group Leader for Oral Cancer Research, Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF)

Key breakout questions:

  1. How can stakeholders collaborate more effectively to provide innovative health services delivery to chronic care patients?
  2. How can innovative technologies be deployed and what policies would best facilitate new partnership opportunities in research and development and services delivery?
  3. What are lessons learned and best practice innovative partnership models that could be expanded in the region?
  4. Where do opportunities currently exist for further public-private partnerships?
16:30 - 17:00 Media interviews - optional
17:15 - 17:45 Conclusion and recommendations/agreement
18:00 - 20:00 Farewell reception



Available for download:

Martina WS Nasrun - Alzheimer's Disease: a challenge on fighting chronic disease in Southeast Asia

Dr. Nila Moeloek - Indonesian Cancer Foundation Presentation

Dr. Chheang Sena - Non-communicable Diseases' Strategic Plan

Dr. Tomas Realiza - Non-communicable Diseases Intervention

Dr. Lee JK - Osteoporosis: early detection and intervention

Dr. Anna Ulfah Rahajoe - Indonesian Heart Association Presentation

Dr. Kenneth Thorpe - meeting the chronic disease challenge

FHI Experience in scaling up HIV care and treatment

Dr. Chaisri Supornsilaphachai - Integrated Disease Management

Empowering the Community through Public Health Education Program

Dr. Hudoyo - Innovative Partnerships Presentation

Innovative Partnerships in addressing the growing threat of NCD in South East Asia


PFCD-MoH High-Level Workshop Conclusions



Kompas, Jakarta - Chronic noncommunicable disease and Mortality in the Southeast Asia region

Economic development of countries and the rise in per capita income among the population trigger the high prevalence of these diseases.

"Chronic non communicable disease is the biggest killer in the world. About 80 percent of deaths from chronic noncommunicable disease  occurs in countries with low income and moderate, "said Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, Executive Director of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Tuesday (21/06/2011) in Jakarta.

He was a featured speaker at a workshop on "Meeting the Challenge of Chronic Disease" which was attended by about 50 people, consisting of representatives from member countries of ASEAN and international and regional health experts.  In the report the World Health Organization (WHO) is mentioned, the four chronic noncommunicable diseases and most causes of death are cancer, chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. In 2008 recorded 2.7 million people in ASEAN member countries die from this disease four.

Thorpe said the increase in per capita income of the people involved and change your diet. ”. "Those with higher incomes tend to purchase and consume meat, eggs, milk, or fast food compared to the fibrous foods," said Thorpe.

Level of public awareness for healthy living is still very low.. Those who are at risk of chronic disease are the people who smoke, consume alcohol, eat foods low in fiber and high in fat, and less active in physical activities.  They are prone to obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, and high cholesterol levels.

In addition to deaths expected to rise by 21 percent within the next 10 years, chronic noncommunicable disease also causes economic losses of a country.

Economic losses

Research results from Canada's Cameron Institute estimates, Indonesia experiences a loss of 37.2 billion dollars per year as the impact of chronic noncommunicable disease  This was due to increased health care costs and lost productivity of citizens.

Thorpe urged ASEAN countries to immediately implement policies to effectively deal with chronic diseases.

Chairman of the Central Executive Indonesian Doctors Association of Cardiovascular Specialist Anna Ulfah Raharjoe say, countries in Southeast Asiaface a double burden. . At the ASEAN member countries are still struggling to combat infectious disease prevalence was still high, chronic noncommunicable diseases appear as a new problem that threatens public health. "Meanwhile, the budget for health is still far from adequate," he said.