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Awareness Workshop Held in Yangon on Non-communicable Diseases and Long Term Care

A one day workshop was organized in Yangon on 16 January 2018 by HelpAge International and University of Public Health under the European Union supported project ‘the strengthening public health capacity to Myanmar’s disease transition’ to raise awareness on NCDs and long term care. The workshop was attended by 70 participants including office bearers and members of Myanmar aging network, federation of older people’s self help groups, NGO representatives, government officials and other stakeholders from different states and regions of Myanmar.

The workshop started with opening speech by Prof. Khay Mar Mya, Rector of the University of Public Health. She highlighted the need and importance of addressing NCDs and strengthening long term care. She said that it is high time for us to focus on addressing the NCDs and strengthening long term care by promoting healthy life styles for prevention of NCDs, improving screening services for early detection of NCDs as well as strengthening of health services and other mechanisms of community based and institutional long term care for older people in Myanmar.

Mr. Godfred Paul, Country Director of HelpAge International welcomed the participants and appreciated the support of European Union for building public health capacities in Myanmar for tackling the increasing burden of non-communicable disease. He called upon all stakeholders to come together and work closely to deal with this upcoming public health challenge. Dr. Tej Ram Jat, Programme Manager Public Health, HelpAge International explained the background and objectives of the workshop.  

Ms. Khin Thiri Maung, Deputy Project Manager made a presentation on the status of NCDs, NCD Risk factors and prevention and control of NCDs in Myanmar. Dr. Win Win Aye, Assistant Director, NCD Unit, Ministry of Health and Sports made a presentation on the efforts made by the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for addressing NCDs and provided the details of the package of essential interventions on NCDs. Ms. Tsuchizaki Shinobu from Japan made a presentation on NCDs and long-term care for older people and shared experiences of successful strategies from Japan. All the participants actively participated in the workshop and discussed about the role of different stakeholders in addressing the NCDs and strengthening long term care in Myanmar.