School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), and Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, are jointly conducting a two-week course on public health approaches to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) from Monday.
Around 60 participants from 15 states of India, including north-eastern and southern states are participating in the course.
According to a PGIMER, the course will focus on prevention and control of risk factors of non-communicable diseases, comprising unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco and alcohol use, and stress.
These risk factors mainly lead to diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, stroke, chronic kidney diseases and mental health disorders. The course is open to state programme managers in national programme for prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, public health institutes and postgraduate students, and faculty in medical colleges.
The course will lead to improved teaching and training of lifestyle diseases (NCDs) in the medical colleges, effective implementation of national NCD programmes and increase in research capacity on NCDs.
It will also promote healthy lifestyle, environment and better interaction between health providers and public.