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Innovations and Actions Against Non-Communicable Diseases (IAAN)

Event | 16 - 18 July 2018 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines


The forum on Innovations and Actions Against Non-Communicable Diseases (IAAN) will be held on 16-18 July 2018 at ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines. It will provide the opportunity for common member countries of ADB and Islamic Development Bank and other developing member countries of ADB to review financing needs for the implementation of priority interventions addressing non-communicable diseases program and to identify resource mobilization opportunities and next steps for joint action. 

The burden of non-communicable diseases in Asia continues to grow. For developing countries, this could mean more investments in health will be required to counter the demands of responding to non-communicable diseases. Governments need to invest in high-impact innovations and strategies to better respond. To support this agenda, ADB will convene this conference to discuss key areas where investments in health could be most effective. 

In response to the findings of ADB Institute on the increasing prevalence and cost of obesity, the meeting will provide the opportunity for common member countries of ADB and Islamic Development Bank and other developing member countries of ADB to review financing needs for the implementation of priority interventions addressing non-communicable diseases program and to identify resource mobilization opportunities and next steps for joint action.


Focused sessions are designed to present:

(1) the need for a changing paradigm in managing non-communicable diseases;

(2) advancing data to support system-wide response to non-communicable diseases;

(3) service delivery challenges for non-communicable diseases; and

(4) funding innovations on non-communicable diseases.

These areas are clustered to emphasize the need to balance demands for effective health service and service-delivery improvement. Considering that some of the most innovative developments in technology come from Asia, the conference will also provide opportunities for participants to share knowledge and exchange ideas about what works and what should be done to improve strategies against non-communicable diseases.

The meeting will also provide a platform for common member countries and developing member countries that have successfully received support from ADB, ADB Institute and Islamic Development Bank to share their experiences, which will be beneficial to potential recipients.

Expected outcomes

  1. Priority interventions in national non-communicable disease control plans identified.
  2. Opportunities and best practices in seeking funding from a range of potential funding partners disseminated.

Target participants

From ADB member countries: At least 40 experts and 60 country representatives from Asia and the Pacific will be invited to share experiences in innovatively addressing non-communicable diseases.

How to register

By invitation only. Please email the event secretariat.


While attendance to the event is free, ADB does not cover travel and accommodation expenses of participants.

Event organizers / partners

Lead convenor
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution whose vision is an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty. ADB’s mission is to help its developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people. ADB is committed to reducing poverty through inclusive growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration. Following the midterm review of its corporate Strategy 2020, ADB decided to increase its health sector operations, as guided by its Operational Plan for Health 2015-2020, to further support inclusive growth in its developing member countries. 

Primary co-convenors 
The Islamic Development Bank is an international financial institution that focuses on economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities in non-member countries in accordance with the principles of Shari'ah. 

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) was established in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan, to help build capacity, skills, and knowledge related to poverty reduction and other areas that support long-term growth and competitiveness in developing economies in Asia and the Pacific. 

Other co-convenors
The Asia eHealth Information Network is a unique forum of professionals that promotes optimal use of information and communication technology to achieve better health. The Asia eHealth Information Network is open to all eHealth, HIS, and CRVS professionals from various sectors within South and Southeast Asia—including developed and low- and middle-income countries—maximizing a regional approach for attaining greater country-level health impact 

The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is an international graduate school that aims to make a difference in sustaining the growth of Asian societies by developing professional, entrepreneurial, and socially responsible managers. The Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management is AIM’s response to the challenge of sustaining Asian development. By working with the Sustainable Developments Goals agenda, the school creates principled development leaders and managers who are well-equipped to achieve sustainable success. The Stephen Zuellig Graduate School of Development Management engages emerging economies to build a team of civil leaders and business managers who are equipped to be problem solvers, change agents, and effective collaborators.  

Deakin University Australia is a global institution with a rich history of partnerships that link industry, government, research institutions and NGOs, active in 52 countries supporting academic and research collaboration. Deakin hosts two pioneering WHO collaborating centers, one in health literacy and the other in obesity prevention. Committed to equity and equality, Deakin University’s researchers impact on the lives and wellbeing of communities through exceptional innovation and research, solving global problems using smart technologies. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 lists Deakin University in the top 50 young universities in the world.

The Defeat-Non-Communicable Diseases Partnership is anchored in the United Nations system as a people-public-private partnership that includes governments, business sector, international agencies and civil society.  It is focused on scaling-up action against non-communicable diseases in resource-poor countries.  It helps partnership countries to define their specific priorities in non-communicable diseases management and to mobilize relevant knowledge, tools, and capacities. These include, in particular, a uniquely tailored marketplace to increase the affordability of essential drugs, diagnostics, and devices, and the development of innovative financing approaches to meet the gap in resources. 

EpiMetrics is a research institution based in the Philippines that advances health equity through rigorous and creative research conception, execution, translation, and communication. 

The International Health Policy Program, Thailand is a semi-autonomous program conducting research on the national health priorities related to health systems and policy in Thailand. The program, which is now part of the Permanent Secretary's Office, Ministry of Public Health, aims to improve the national health system through generating knowledge and reliable evidence on improving health systems and policy to the public and Thai policy makers.

Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. The organization is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries -- and over a million volunteers. Special Olympics also runs the largest public health intervention in the world for people with intellectual disabilities, and have conducted over 2.1 million screenings in 8 different healthcare disciplines, while training and activating more than 240,000 healthcare practitioners to provide care to people with intellectual disabilities.

United Nations University International Institute for Global Health was established to build knowledge and capacity for decision-making by UN agencies, programs, and member states about global health issues. UN University International Institute for Global Health’s research and capacity building in global health relates specifically to informing the policy debates and directions that ensure that in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals “no one is left behind”.