Myanmar academics visited Thailand to learn about NCD prevention programmes under Universal Health Coverage
A learning exchange was organized under the project ‘Strengthening public health capacity to respond to Myanmar’s disease transition’ from 11th to 13th September 2017. Eleven participants from different universities visited Thailand and learnt about NCD prevention programmes as part of Universal Health Coverage. The participants were from University of Public Health, University of Medicine (2), University of Medicine (1), University of Medicine, Mandalay, University of Medicine, Magway and University of Community Health, Magway accompanied by representatives from HelpAge International. This learning exchange was organized jointly by HelpAge International and University of Public Health and was conducted and facilitated by the Faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Thailand.
The participants were welcomed and provided with brief overview by Prof. Adisak Sattam and Dr. Kaysorn Sumpowthong from Thammasat University. They attended interactive sessions with academics and health officials from Thailand and observed NCD service delivery under universal health coverage. The participants visited HRH princes Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Medical Center, Bureau of International Affairs on Universal Health Coverage and understood the functionating of these institutions and their contribution in achieving Universal Health Coverage. They gained knowledge about NCDs prevention and treatment programmes being implemented in Thailand. The participants observed the health promotion activities of Thailand’s primary care centers and University Hospitals. They also learnt about the methods and approaches used for the NCDs prevention program under the Thai Universal Health Coverage (e.g. national NCDs prevention program, primary healthcare services, insurance schemes).
The participants during this learning exchange were able to compare public health programme activities and services on NCDs in the two countries and take key learnings for strengthening teaching and research on NCD programmes under Universal Health Coverage. The participant were also able to expand their education networks around Thailand and to earn academic credit while learning new skills to shape our future practice regarding public health professions.