In Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam policies are in place and governments are committed to reduce NCDs. Guidelines have been developed and NCD programmes have been designed in the three countries, but these programmes are not reaching enough people (especially men and younger persons). Find here a summary of activities in the prospective phase of the study and our expected outcomes.
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In the first year, the project analysed the situation in each location. We made an inventory of what is happening in each country in NCD prevention and control and compared this with findings in the literature of what is effective and what is cost-effective. We drew lessons learned from each country and made an inventory of strong and weak points. Based on the findings we produced recommendations for the implementation of community-based and primary healthcare activities in the prospective phase of SUNI-SEA.
In 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) presented an updated list of ‘best buys’ interventions to inform policymakers on the cost-effectiveness and recommended interventions focused on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). SUNI-SEA compared cost-effectiveness studies performed in South-East Asia with the WHO ‘Best Buys’ interventions.
The research teams in the SUNI-SEA project reviewed existing literature from South-East Asia concerning prevention and control and extracted most important lessons learned that we will apply in SUNI-SEA.
Our two researchers represented SUNI-SEA as one of the consortiums working on health economic evaluations in South-East Asia at Mt Hood Diabetes challenge in Seoul, South Korea.
Jaap Koot, SUNI-SEA project coordinator shared his thought on the link between NCDs and older people, why we need to involve community in NCD intervention and what we have learnt so far from SUNI-SEA reserach project.
The European team working on the Scaling-Up NCD Interventions in South-East Asia (SUNI-SEA) project visited HelpAge International in Myanmar at the end of 2019 to better understand the health context of the country, how community groups and rural health clinics work within the country's health system, and to train the Myanmar SUNI-SEA team.
SUNI-SEA European consortium members visited Hai Phong, one of the two study areas in Vietnam. The delegation included four researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) / Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen and Trvana University.
Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Sebelas Maret University, Dr Diah Kurnia Mirawati, and Dr Ari Natalia Probandari welcomed Dr Jeanet Landman and Z.E. Partdoel from University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) to Indonesia for a four-day visit programme, during 29 October – 1 November 2019.
The kick-off meeting of SUNI-SEA project activities in one of our research sites, Batang District in Central Java Indonesia was attended by SUNISEA project officials and stakeholders from Batang districts.