Workshops on Capacity Strengthening of Policy Makers and Programme Managers for Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases:


In East & Central Africa

On April 29th - 1st May 2009, a workshop on Capacity Strengthening of Policy Makers and Programme Managers for Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases in East & Central Africa was held in Zanzibar with participants and representatives from eight African countries. The workshop had four main objectives:

This workshop resulted in the identification of key priorities and recommendations to move forward in the Prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases in East and Central Africa.

Download the workshop programme and the workshop summary.


In China

On July 6th - 7th 2009, a second workshop was organized in Beijing, China. Twenty programme managers on the prevention of non-communicable diseases, physicians, researchers, public health specialists and postgraduate students participated in the workshop.

The H1N1 influenza outbreak government containment measures limited participation to the workshop. A follow-up capacity building workshop in a north-west province of China, less developed area in China, is therefore planned.


In India

A third workshop was organized in New Dehli, India, in collaboration with the WHO-India office and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). This capacity building workshop, for state level programme managers of the newly launched ‘National Program on Prevention and Control of Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke', emphasized the need for cardiovascular disease management based on evidence and provided detailed training on guideline-based management of chronic conditions at various levels of care.

Download the report of the workshop.


A user friendly kit targeted at policy makers, programme managers and top management of industries

A user friendly kit was developed to raise awareness around the risk of cardiovascular diseases and to be a tool to reorient the health system and formulate cardiovascular diseases control strategies and programmes in-country.

A cardiovascular disease prevention and control intervention package on introducing simple programmes and lifestyle intervention measures to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and promote health in the community and workforce settings was developed. The details of the interventions have been published:


A Comparative Study of Macro-Economic Impact of Chronic Diseases in Selected Low and Middle Income Countries and the United States of America

The Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries (IC-Health), with the support from the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Cooperative Agreement, conducted a multi-country study that assesses the macroeconomic consequences of chronic diseases. The study compares examples of selected low and middle income countries with the United States on the economic impact of chronic diseases.