US Announces Delegation to the Moscow Ministerial on NCDs

The Obama Administration today announced the members of the U.S. Delegation to the World Health Organization's first global ministerial conference on "healthy lifestyles and noncommunicable disease control," which will take place in Moscow during April 28-29.  The United States will be sending a strong delegation, composed of officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, US Agency for International Development, and the State Department.  The delegation also includes significant nongovernmental participation, including by Dr. John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, who also serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Health Institute.  Although not officially a preparatory meeting for the UN High Level Session on NCDs to take place this September 19-20 in New York, the Ministerial will consider many of the same issues as the High Level Session, and the positions nations take in Moscow may be indicative of what they will support in September.  The Ministerial is expected to produce a declaration on NCDs, the first draft of which is available here.  


The full US delegation is:

Chief Delegate

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of Health and Human Services



Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Nils Daulaire, M.D., M.P.H.

Director, Office of Global Health Affairs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Roger Glass, M.D., Ph.D.


Fogarty International Center (FIC)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Rosie Henson

Senior Policy Advisor

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Isabella Danel

Associate Director for Program Development

Center for Global Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Ann Blackwood

Director for Health Programs

Bureau of International Organization Affairs

Department of State


Paul Holmes

Senior Regional Health Advisor

Bureau for Europe and Eurasia

U.S. Agency for International Development


Private Sector Advisors

Yolanda Richardson

Vice President, International Programs

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids


Nancy Brown

Chief Executive Officer

American Heart Association


Larry Hausner

Chief Executive Officer

American Diabetes Association


John Seffrin

Chief Executive Officer

American Cancer Society


In addtion to the Ministerial meeting, WHO is also convening a Global Forum Addressing the Challenge of Non Communicable Diseases, on April 27 in Moscow.  A number of civil society organizations, including the Public Health Institute, have been invited to attend to provide input to the Ministerial that begins the following day. 


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Comment by Mary Pittman on April 17, 2011 at 12:46pm
It is noteworthy that many of the delegation are strong anti-smoking advocates involved in successful International efforts to advance policies to reduce tobacco consumption. We have an opportunity to use those successful strategies and build new approaches with developing countries that are appropriate to address NCDs.
Comment by amir ansari on April 17, 2011 at 4:01am

Although lifestyle and non-communicable conditions are categorized as NON-communicable, in fact they are so infectious and communicable that passing national borders faster than flu and SARS. A malnourished, unimmune, poor child in Kabul prefers to eat burger and cola over locally prepared healthy food and fruits. In addition to taking a heavy tool on the poor, uneducated people of wealthy nations, they are advancing to developing countries.

Health is a global public good and world must invest in terms of money, research and actions to protect it.

Comment by Anne Sunderland on April 15, 2011 at 3:10pm
Exciting development. Look forward to hearing more about PHI's involvement in this important event.

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