Rock stars on the global health scene are convening at the Washington Post Sept. 14 to talk about the alarming rise in deaths from heart disease, respiratory problems, cancer, diabetes and other diseases associated with unhealthy lifestyles, smoking tobacco and poor eating habits. Internationally-recognized figures, including Dr. Ala Alwan from the World Health Organization in Geneva, Ann Keeling, CEO, Internatonal Diabetes Federation based in Belgium, Dr. Julio Frenk, Dean of Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Nils Daulaire, Director of the Office of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, and many other luminaries in the field will discuss the best ways to tackle the problem. Millions are dying prematurely, particularly in poor countries, of these so-called noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Ten years ago the big global health issue was HIV/AIDs; now it’s NCDS.

Ban Ki Moon, the United Nation’s Secretary General, calls the alarming rise in NCDS a “crisis in slow motion.” On September 19, the United Nation will begin holding an extraordinary meeting with heads of states to draw attention to this health problem – a rare event.

The Post’s Sept. 14 forum offers a chance to focus attention ahead of that meeting and get momentum going for new ideas and strategies to curb the health crisis. You can watch the global health rock stars tell us what they think, starting at 8:30 am on Sept. 14, on