Training of Trainers held on Package of Essential Non-communicable Diseases (PEN) Interventions in Myanmar

Training of Trainers held on Package of Essential Non-communicable Diseases (PEN) Interventions in Myanmar

HelpAge International organized five Trainings of Trainers on Package of Essential Non-communicable Disease (PEN) Interventions under the European Union and World Diabetes Foundation supported strengthening public health capacity to respond to Myanmar’s disease transition project during the months of December 2017 and January 2018. Trainings were organized in collaboration with NCD Unit, Department of Public Health, Ministry of health and Sports, University of Public Health and University of Medicine 2.

Objective of the trainings of trainers were to orient the participants on prevention and control of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and to strengthen the capacity of health staff on management of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with special focus on integration of NCD services into primary healthcare.


Deputy Directors, NCD Unit, Department of Public Health, Nay Pyi Taw delivered opening speeches. In the trainings, resource persons from University of Medicine 2, University of Public Health, NCD Unit (Department of Public Health) facilitated sessions related to NCD overview and objective, PEN intervention, integrated management of Diabetes and Hypertension, medicines used in Diabetes and Hypertension, forms, recording and reporting system. Training on management of Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was given by Chest Physicians. Physicians from Radiotherapy Departments gave training on assessment and referral of suspected breast, oral and cervical cancer. The participants actively participated in group work, case scenarios of practice and role playing. Dr. Thandar Lwin, Deputy Director General, Department of Public Health visited and observed the training methods and materials at Monywa (Sagaing Region).

Total 189 participants including Township Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents, Township Public Health Officers, Medical Officers and Senior Basic Health staff from total 105 townships in 5 regions namely Magway, Sagaing, Ayeyarwaddy, Kayah and Shan states and regions actively participated in these trainings of trainers.