Regional Training of Trainers held in Yangon on Package of Essential Non-communicable (PEN) Disease Interventions


A regional Training of Trainers on Package of Essential Non-communicable (PEN) Disease Interventions was successfully organized by HelpAge International Myanmar in collaboration with the University of Public Health, University of Medicine 2 and NCD Unit, Department of Public Health at New Aye Yar Hotel, Yangon from 27th to 29th September, 2017. In the opening session, Dr Myint Shwe, Director of NCD Unit and Dr. Tej Ram Jat, Program Manager Public Health from HelpAge International delivered opening remarks.

This 3-day training was attended by 31 participants from 10 states and regions (Ayeyarwady Region, Magway Region, Bago Region, Sagaing Region, Yangon Region, Shan State Kayah State, Mon State, Naypyidaw and Mandalay Region) including assistant directors, team leaders, medical officers, township health assistants, township health nurses, nursing officers and health assistants.


This training covered both clinical and public health aspects for prevention and control of major non-communicable diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer. Integrated management of NCDs according to PEN protocol was taught by program managers from respective NCD projects and physicians. Lecturers from University of Public Health explained about recording, reporting and public health activities such as baseline assessment, advocacy tools and action plan. The trainees actively participated in group work and series of practice sesssions of NCD management with case scenarios. This regional training will be followed by multiplier trainings for basic health staff at township level.