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In October 17-21, 2016 the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Ministry of Health of Ukraine held a training session involving staff members of the Institute of Family Medicine of NMAPE. It was aimed at improving prevention of noninfectious diseases, reducing morbidity of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus in Ukraine. 

In October 17-21, 2016 the WHO Regional Office for Europe and Ministry of Health of Ukraine held a training session involving staff members of the Institute of Family Medicine of NMAPE. It was aimed at improving prevention of noninfectious diseases, reducing morbidity of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus in Ukraine. The event was intended for local training specialists and was called “Basic Training Session for Primary Care on the Integrated Management of Hypertension and Diabetes”. There were invited the following staff members of NMAPE: Head of the Department of Family Medicine, MD, Dr.Sc., Full Professor Khimion L., Associate Professor of the Department of Family Medicine, MD, PhD Tkachenko V., Associate Professor of the Department of General, Pediatric, Forensic Psychiatry and Narcology Karachevskyi A.. Chief Free Lance Expert of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Head of the Department of Family Medicine and Outpatient Care, Full Professor Matiukha L. was as an observer expert.

30 doctors and primary healthcare nurses from Kyiv city, Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Kharkiv and Poltava regions took part in the training.

The training session included the principles of teaching prevention of major risk factors for noninfectious diseases (based on the data of evidence-based medicine and national protocols): overweight, high cholesterol and blood pressure, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, stratification of cardiovascular risk, motivational counseling on healthy lifestyle and refusal of bad habits, integrated approach and teamwork.

After the event, the members of the training session performed training on this subject for about 100 doctors and nurses from Kyiv. It took place under the supervision of professors of the Institute of Family Medicine and observers of the WHO Regional Office. The participants received certificates. In future the WHO plans to hold similar events in all regions of Ukraine.