Training on Package of Essential Non-communicable Disease Intervention to strengthen the capacities of health staffs

HelpAge International Myanmar organized the two-day Capacity Building Training (Batch 2 and Batch 3) on Package of Essential Non-communicable Disease 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 August 2 to 3 , 2018 at at Best Western Green Hill Hotel, Yangon.

This training was organized in collaboration with NCD Unit, Department of Public Health, University of Public Health and University of Medicine 2.

Dr.Tun Myint, Yangon Regional Director of Department of Public Health, delivered the opening remarks.

The objective of the training was to strengthen the capacities of health staff including township medical officers, township public health officers, basic health staffs 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.Tun Myint, Yangon Regional Director of Department of Public Health delivered the opening speech and Dr. Kyaw Kan Kaung, Director, NCD Unit, Nay Pyi Taw briefly presented the overview of prevention and control of NCDs in Myanmar.

Professor Ko Ko, Professor/Head of Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology discussed on WHO PEN, overview of PEN and PEN intervention and Integrated management of Diabetes and Hypertension.  Dr. Maung Maung Thant and two facilitators from University of Medicine 2 facilitated and discussed on integrated management of Diabetes and Hypertension. In addition, preventing and managing diabetes emergency and glycemic control were also been discussed.

Two facilitators from Health Literacy Promotion Department, Nay Pyi Taw facilitated Health Literacy in Prevention of NCDs. A facilitator from NCD unit facilitated on tobacco cessation.

Professor Dr Khin Cho Win, Professor and Head of Department of Radiotherapy from Yangon General Hospital, facilitated the Assessment of Breast cancer, Cervical and Oral Cancer. Professor Ye Tun, Professor and Head of Department of Chest Medicine, Thingyangun General Hospital facilitated Asthma and COPD.


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.


Fifteen 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 discussion on management of Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and COPD.

In batch 2 capacity building training, 110 participants from four states and regions viz Magway, Shan (South), Mon and Kayah joined and actively participated whereas in batch 3, 79 participants from three regions viz Yangon, Bago and Ayeyarwaddy joined and actively participated and a total of 189 participated in the two capacity building training. The participants were Medical Superintendents, Townships Medical Officers, Township Public Health Officers and Basic Health Staff.