Reaching more people with evidence-based community approaches to healthy ageing

Reaching more people with evidence-based community approaches to healthy ageing

As part of the SUNI-SEA Project (Scaling up Non-Communicable Diseases in Southeast Asia) community interventions component, a comprehensive package of training modules was developed. Training modules include participatory training methods; health promotion; healthy lifestyle and self-care skills; prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs); community NCD screening skills, and monitoring and evaluation. The modules were successfully used to train community volunteers in the project communities.

In addition, the SUNI-SEA project’s ambition is to scale up evidence-based resources and promising practices to new areas; and one of the HelpAge International’s goals is to strengthen the dissemination of learning and scale up of promising practices across our global network. To contribute toward this ambition, in July 2022 the SUNI-SEA project supported the formation of a working group to review and compile a package of evidence based, community training resources that can be adapted to different contexts. The diverse members of the working group are non-profit organisations working on older people’s health, from twelve countries and three regions.

To date the working group have complied three draft generic resources: a self-care booklet; a training manual for community volunteers and a community health committee guide. Numerous case studies and job aids have also been collected.

After finalisation the resource package will be stored on as an online ‘live resource library’ to allow updates, and additions of new resources as they become available.

Contact person:
Mary Dunbar
SUNI-SEA Project Manager, HelpAge International