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Advocacy meetings organized on addressing non-communicable diseases and implementation of package of essential non-communicable disease intervention (PEN) in Myanmar

Advocacy meetings organized on addressing non-communicable diseases and implementation of package of essential non-communicable disease intervention (PEN) in Myanmar

HelpAge International Myanmar in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sports, University of Public Health, University of Medicine 2 and Thammasat University is implementing a project supported by European Union aiming at building public health capacities for supporting evidence based policy and improved health services in preparation for addressing the NCDs. Advocacy meetings under this project were organized in 5 regions; Shan, Sagaing, Ayeyarwaddy, Magway, Kayah during December 2017 and January 2018. The objective of these meetings was to sensitize policy makers, government officials and other stakeholders on the importance of addressing NCDs with comprehensive approach and the role of various departments and stakeholders.

Total 457 participants including Social Ministers, Ethnic Ministers, Members of Parliament, Regional Directors, Medical Superintendents, Township Medical Officers, Representatives from different Government Sectors such as Department of Education, Administration Department, Department of Medical Care, Media, Local NGOs and INGOs actively participated in these advocacy meetings.

Dr. Nang Naing Naing Shein (Deputy Director, NCD Unit, DPH), Dr. Soe Htet (Deputy Director, NCD Unit, DPH), Prof. Ko Ko (Prof/Head of Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Medicine 2), Dr. Tin Win Aung (Consultant Physician of Diabetes and Endocrinology, University of Medicine 2) facilitated different sessions in these meetings and discussed about overview of NCDs, causes and risk factors, current prevalence of NCDs in the country, comprehensive approach for prevention and management of NCDs, details of implementation of package of essential non-communicable disease intervention (PEN), key challenges and opportunities as well as the role of different departments and stakeholders in addressing NCDs.