The Academy of Medical Sciences convened a policy workshop on multimorbidity in the BRICS countries in London on the 27-28 March 2017.Ongoing
Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity: Lessons from the BRICS countries
This policy workshop, chaired by Professor Stephen MacMahon FMedSci, considered the burden of multimorbidity in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries and the UK and asked how we can achieve a more coherent and consistent approach to defining, researching and addressing multimorbidity.
The workshop brought together experts and evidence from BRICS countries, UK and other countries on the prevalence, burden (including cost and health impacts) and determinants of multimorbidity. Participants identified gaps in our knowledge and associated research priorities through a review of the evidence available and considered how health systems are dealing with multimorbidity by discussing key challenges and the costs and financing issues associated with multimorbidity in BRICS countries.
Following the workshop, a written report was produced and disseminated to UK and BRICS stakeholders with key recommendations of next steps to address multimorbidity in the BRICS countries. The workshop formed an important part of evidence collection for the Academy to inform its working group on multimorbidity.
To read more about the Academy's wider work on multimorbidity and the challenges posed by this issue, visit our dedicated 'Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity' policy project page.
This workshop was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Visit the Research Council UK website to read more about the GCRF.
You can follow and contribute to the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag #bricsmultimorbidity.
The organisation of the workshop was overseen by a steering committee based in both the UK and BRICS countries. The steering committee members are:
Chair: Professor Stephen MacMahon FMedSci, FSB, Principal Director, The George Institute for Global Health, UK
Professor George Griffin FMedSci, Foreign Secretary, Academy of Medical Sciences, UK
Dr Christian Kieling, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Dr Sergei Cherkasov, Director, National Research Institute for Public Health/World Health Organization, Russia
Professor Vivek Jha, Director, The George Institute for Global Health, India
Professor Dongfeng Gu, Professor, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College (China)
Professor Tolu Oni, Associate Professor and Public Health Physician specialist, University of Cape Town, South Africa
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