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PEN Capacity Building Training to improve the skill of health staff

HelpAge International Myanmar organized the two-day Capacity Building Training (Batch 1) on Package of Essential Non-communicable Diseases Interventions (PEN) for Regional Team Trainers under the European Union supported project on strengthening of public health capacity to respond to Myanmar’s disease transition from July 23 and July 24 at Mingalar Thiri Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw.

The objective of the training was to strengthen the capacities of health staff including township medical officers, township public health officers, basic health staff on prevention and management of Non-communicable diseases in the country by sharing the upgraded curriculum on management of diabetes mellitus in the primary health care level in Myanmar.
Dr.Than Tun Aung, Deputy Director General of Department of Public Health delivered the opening speech.
Dr. Kyaw Kan Kaung, Director of NCD Unit of Department of Public Health, briefly presented the overview of prevention and control of NCDs in Myanmar. Professor Ko Ko, Professor/Head of Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology discussed the overview of PEN intervention and Integrated management of Diabetes and Hypertension.

In the training, trainers from University of Medicine 2 facilitated on integrated management of Diabetes and Hypertension. In addition, preventing and managing diabetes emergency and glycemic control were also been discussed. One of the bottleneck in monitoring the activities was providing information using the existing format. The participants were given hands on experience in completing the monitoring formats for better utilization of NCD data. The training provided information on rapid baseline assessment, developing annual action plan and development of advocacy tools. Several case studies have been discussed for the benefits of the trainers those who will in turn train the basic health workers in their respective areas.
16 trainers from NCD Unit, Department of Public Health, University of Public Health, University of Medicine1, and University of Medicine 2, Health Literacy Unit, 500 bedded Yangon hospital, and Yangon General Hospital facilitated the discussed on management of Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and COPD.
98 participants from four regions_vizNay Pyi Taw, Mandalay, Saging, and Bago were joined and actively participated in the training.