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Sep 25, 2018

Philips hosts session on non-communicable diseases during United Nations General Assembly Week

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A dialogue on the importance of early detection and diagnosis as critical link for effective NCD management

NCDs are a truly global problem, impacting both developed and developing countries. It is currently estimated that around 41 million people a year die from NCDs, equivalent to more than 70% of all deaths globally, with developing countries in fact being impacted most due to poor access to healthcare.


On the occasion of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73) in New York, US, during which the UN is staging its third high-level meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs, Philips and Devex, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, will host a special side-session to the Sustainable Development Impact Summit and meet with development professionals for a  deep dive into how NCD challenges can be confronted by including early diagnosis in future plans for prevention and treatment. The discussion will also link to the wider debate on universal health coverage and the importance of primary health care in providing the holistic patient-centered focus needed to combat NCDs at local level. 


The session will be hosted by Jan Kimpen, Chief Medical Officer at Philips. The discussion will be facilitated by Raj Kumar, President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex.


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Event information:

  • Name event: Philips hosts session on non-communicable diseases during United Nations General Assembly Week
  • Where: New York City
  • Date: September 26, 2018
  • Website:

Speaker information:

  • Name speaker: Jan Kimpen
  • Role: Chief Medical Officer, Philips
  • Short introduction: Jan Kimpen joined Philips in January 2016 to support the company’s strategic focus in value-based care. His experience in forging partnerships in the healthcare sector provides a strong foundation to expand and deepen Philips’ cooperation agreements with numerous industry stakeholders.
Jan Kimpen
  • Name speaker: Raj Kumar
  • Role: President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex
  • Short introduction: Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Raj Kumar

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