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A conversation with Hans Rosling, Gapminder

By Gene Bukhman Moderator | 09 May, 2013

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is holding its annual Scientific Day conference tomorrow at the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Many experts will present the research they carry out at MSF programmes around the world. The day is packed – 5 sessions, 20+ speakers, all available live on the web via video streaming ( Hans Rosling, co-founder of Gapminder ( and MSF in Sweden and TED talks alumnus ( will be giving the keynote address on the synergy and conflict between research and advocacy at 2PM BST/9AM EDT.
A few hours later, at 4PM BST/11AM EDT, I will be talking to Hans about his work and how it can help shape advocacy for global health (stay tuned on our community and social media - @ghdonline and for details).

Have you used Gapminder or other data visualization tools? These can be powerful tools for advocacy but how can we best utilize them? Please let me know if you have questions for Hans. I look forward to this discussion.

Thank you, Gene

Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD
Director, Program in Global Non-Communicable Disease and Social Change
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School and Partners In Health



EMMANUEL SANWUOK Replied at 5:24 PM, 9 May 2013

Great for letting this out here. I would be following the link you
provided. Hans Rosling is amazing and l love to hear him talk.
All the best.

Ola Dunsi Replied at 9:53 PM, 9 May 2013

This is great! I enjoy listening to Hans Rosling, you always take away
something of substance from his presentations.

shahidul haque Replied at 3:29 AM, 10 May 2013

Dear Expert on non communicable diseases, I am sending here some tool how
to identify rickets without any clinical test at an early stage where we do
not have the health support for all to know about the danger of our
children, so how we can safe our children from childhood disability from
rickets and how we can prevent this disease at an early stage.

shahidul haque

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OFORI-AMOAH JUSTICE Replied at 8:54 AM, 10 May 2013

Dear Shahidul,
That is a good idea to help our children,kindly
re attach the tool since there was no attachments

Sophie Beauvais Replied at 1:25 PM, 10 May 2013

Dear All,

Due to a technical glitch we were unfortunately unable to record the conversation between Hans and Gene this morning. This exchange nevertheless reminded us that the global health and development community is much divided on the question of non-communicable diseases in populations living in extreme poverty. Some questions I take away from this: Can/should NCDs of extreme poverty be integrated into current HIV, TB, and Malaria programs? What is the role of health systems strengthening in alleviating extreme poverty and addressing NCDs? It would be great to read your reactions. Thank you.

Haidar Al-Sara Replied at 2:40 PM, 10 May 2013

   Thanks for these questions. I think NCDs and NTDs prevention and treatment may be a suitable platform to start a combind program through the WHO and other agencies because so far most of the attention has been paid to HIV, TB and Malaria while these two categories are harming the different aspects of lives in the developing countries around Asia and Africa.

PHILIPPA KIBUGU-DECUIR Replied at 9:46 AM, 11 May 2013

I think integrating NCD with existing structures that have been successful with HIV, Malaria & TB is not only cost effective, expedient, but it will also enhance efforts to debunk myths, fear,stigma and taboos surrounding for
example breast cancer. HIV survivors/stories could be utilized to model importance of sustained medical visits & following doctor's orders---taking your medicines or accessing treatment leads to wellness, to cure.
Lifestyle choices/changes, physical activity, nutrition and all other preventive measures would be part of the whole health infrastructure. In fact it would also be wise investment since all that needs to be done for public health education would only require modifying existing materials instead of reinventing the wheel, designing new NCD educational materials and tools.
I am in the process of developing breast cancer culturally appropriate educational materials for my Initiative along this line, and so far what I am using works very well.
Thank you for all you do to address the
Burden of NCD in developing counties

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