The South African Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (SANCDA) will host the 2nd Happy Hour Xchange on Thursday, 8 April 2021 at 18:00.

Dr Vicki will be Xchanging with Dr Waasila Jassat about COVID-19 in South Africa and NCDs – surfing for survival and surfing the waves, including the 3rd wave expected from the end of April. Dr Waasila is a Public Health Specialist (National Institute for Communicable Diseases – NICD).

In part 2, Dr Murray Dryden and Caroline Mudara from NICD are discussing long COVID-19 in South Africa, including how it differs from chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

Registration for the NCD Happy Hour Xchange is essential. Limited space available.


People living with NCDs are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill if they contract COVID-19. NCDs are underlying health conditions that require you to take special care: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, dementia, kidney disease and cancer.

NCDs and other chronic conditions can make the immune system slow down and making it easier to get an infection like COVID-19. So, we want to keep you healthy.

If you missed our first Happy Hour Xchange:

About NCDs Happy Hour Xchange

Happy Hour Xchange is a series of knowledge Xpanding events informing and inspiring NCDs+ civil society organisations and activists to engage on diverse policy issues. Xperts Xchange key emerging facts and unknowns with us in an open and frank discussion via Zoom. Our aim is to Xpand the NCDs+ policy dialogue through engagement and co-production.

Tone: Mutually respectful, interactive, inquisitive and informal.

Frequency: Weekly or biweekly Thursdays for 1 hour between 18:00-19:00 SAST.

Format: A modern-day seminar. Xpert, NAG selected chair,

  • Part 1: Xpert – 15 minutes and Questions 15 minutes
  • Part 2: Xpert – 15 minutes and Questions 15 minutes

Platform: Virtual meeting via Zoom a NAG chair and Xpert guest

Questions can be submitted before and during a session.

Cobranding with other organisations is possible.

Contact Dr Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson, Director of SANCDA on 083 383 8159 or email: [email protected] for more information.