New weekly series to introduce you to the ECTMIH 2023 team!
To kickstart this series spotlighting the key people organising ECTMIH 2023, we were delighted to catch up with Helene Voogdt-Pruis, Assistant Professor of global cardiovascular health at University Medical Center Utrecht.
Helene serves on the ECTMIH 2023 Strategic Committee and the Scientific Committee and is an experienced teacher in global public health research to doctors specialized in tropical medicine, youth health and infectious diseases.
She is an experienced consultant in quality improvement and implementation of health interventions, with a focus on users' perspectives, cardiovascular health, stroke care, prevention and health services. Helene is also deputy editor of the World Health Federation’s scientific journal Global Heart.
For some years, Helene has worked on global development projects in Madagascar, South-Africa, India and Nepal.
Some key takeaways from Helene
The rationale for including a noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) focus in ECTMIH 2023
NCDs such as stroke, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases now outnumber infectious diseases as the top killers globally. Almost 80% of deaths from NCDs are in low and middle income countries; we have an urgent mission to reduce NCDs globally.
Some topics Helene would like to see in the NCD track of the ECTMIH 2023 programme
Climate change and noncommunicable diseases; greener plastics to reduce the risk of cancer; citizen science, infrastructure and health systems.
What to expect from your visit to Utrecht
It's a lovely city with so many great features - and without the crowds of tourists! It's definitely worth extending your stay by a couple of days to enjoy the museums, restaurants, canals and everything else Utrecht has to offer!
Check out the full interview with Helene here: