7th ICRC Training Course on
Non-Communicable Disease Prevention
and Health Promotion
April 20-24, 2008, Isfahan, I.R. Iran
|Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center (ICRC), WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Cardiovascular Disease Control, Prevention, and Rehabilitation for Cardiac Patients|
ICRC Training Course is a short-term five-day course organized by Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center (ICRC), Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, and one of the sponsoring agencies is WHO. The course will provide participants with knowledge and skills in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion.
ICRC is affiliated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and was established in 1993 with the aim of cardiovascular diseases and it’s risk factors prevention and control. It acts as a WHO collaborating center for research and training in cardiovascular disease control, prevention and rehabilitation of cardiac patients in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Isfahan Healthy Heart Program (IHHP), an action-oriented, comprehensive, integrated community-based program was launched late in 1999 to address the ongoing epidemic of NCDs and their major risk factors in Iran. It is a quasi-experimental trial that includes a reference area and several levels of evaluation including process, impact and outcome evaluations.
IHHP involves individuals, community and environmental changes to support health behaviour modification in the fields of healthy nutrition, tobacco control, physical activity and stress management.
Based on six successful training courses in Isfahan since 2001, similar training program will be organized in 2008. The aim is to offer intensive, high level training course to persons who are or will be involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive integrated community-based programs for NCDs and their risk factors prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion.
Capacity building for prevention of NCDs, controlling their risk factors, and health promotion .
- To introduce practical and feasible interventional strategies for prevention of NCDs and their risk factors as well as promotion of healthy lifestyle in low and middle income communities.
- To improve knowledge and skills in planning, implementing and using the WHO STEPwise approach for the evaluation of comprehensive community-based programs for NCDs and risk factor’s prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion.
- To introduce strategies on how to integrate interventional strategies for NCDs and their risk factors prevention and control within the primary health care system.
- The course is designed for managers, decision makers, scientists and researchers as well as health professionals including physicians, nutritionists, nurses, who are involved in planning, conducting and evaluating community-based programs for NCDs and their risk factors prevention and control.
- Participants should be fluent in English language.
The course will focus on variable aspects of NCDs prevention, risk factors control and healthy lifestyle promotion in an action-oriented and research-based approach. Therefore the work will be presented as lectures, site visits and discussions. The work will consist of lectures given by experts, examples of programs presented by participants, group discussions and individual consultations.
There will be more emphasis on field visits and group work. Each group should spend time on developing projects which can be based on real examples or hypothetical situation. Sessions will be held for a minimum of seven hours each week day (Saturday to Thursday). Two hours for lectures, three hours for working in the field and two hours for discussions; while on the last day there will be a general discussion, followed by conclusion and closing remarks. Interested participants can introduce their countries work.
The duration of this intensive course is five days and the working process is flexible for minor changes. Participants who are interested can register for an extension up to 10 days. Based on previous requests from participants in previous courses, the organizers decided to extend the five-day short term training course up to 10 days during which there will be more time for those who are interested to work in specific field or particular area of community-based interventions (schools, worksites, women, evaluation, planning, etc) or to plan their projects for their countries during their presence in Isfahan. The organizers will be available for necessary technical support. Therefore, at the end of the extended course, the participants will be required to present their suggested projects that can be implemented in their countries.
How to integrate NCD prevention and risk factor control into Primary Health Care system
A-The major NCD-related topics to be discussed are:
1-Strategies for disease prevention and health promotion
2-Theoretical basis of interventions
3-Major Interventional areas in community-based programs
4-Monitoring and evaluation of community-based programs
5-WHO STEPwise surveillance, a flexible approach for evaluation of programs for NCD risk factor prevention
6-Principles of dissemination of interventional strategies at the regional/national levels
7-Principles of integrating programs for prevention and control of NCD and risk factor into the primary health care system
8-International/regional perspectives in chronic disease prevention and health promotion.
Description and experiences with various interventional methods
-Smoking–related interventional activities in the community, healthcare facilities, worksites, schools, restaurants etc.
-Diet–related interventional activities in the community, healthcare facilities, worksites, schools, restaurants etc.
-Physical activity promotion activities in the community, healthcare facilities, worksites, schools etc.
-Stress management activities in the community, health care facilities, worksites, schools etc.
-Lifestyle modification and disease management in high-risk group (diabetics, hypertensive patients, etc).
-Secondary preventive/rehabilitation activities for patients.
-Models of integrating interventional strategies into the primary health care system.
-Models of intersectoral collaboration, (e.g. mass media, food industries etc).
Groups will discuss ways of planning, implementing, evaluating and disseminating strategies of community-based interventional activities for prevention of NCD and their risk factors and healthy lifestyle promotion.
The course is fully residential in Isfahan, a central city in Iran. It is accessible by air from Tehran (many flights/day) and direct flights from some Persian Gulf states or four hours driving by car. Participants can stay in one of the following hotels:
Many hotels with lower rates are available in Isfahan; the participants can ask the seminar secretariat in this regard.
Transportation from and back to the hotels will take place by the local organizers. Accommodation for field visit and lunches will be done by the organizers too.
• Deadline for registration: Feb 1st, 2008
• Registration fee:
- 5 days: 200$
- 40$ for each additional day
Click HERE to download registration form.
• The course has a maximum capacity for 25. Interested applicants can apply directly or through their governments or WHO offices in their countries. They may also contact the secretariat in Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center.
Traveling to I.R. Iran
• Participants should obtain their entry visa to Iran. The passports information completed form should be sent to the International Relations Department of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran or the secretariat in Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Center. The nearest Iranian embassy will be able to issue the visa to Iran following the officially verification of entry by the Ministry of Health.
• Sightseeing tours to Isfahan historical places have been planned by the local organizers.
Ahmad Bahonar, Email: bahonarahmadgmail.com
Mehrdad Yazdani, E-mail: mehrdadyazdanigmail.com
Among Iranian cities, Isfahan is a unique jewel that still has a noble and fascinating shining after many historical fluctuations, a passage of several centuries. It is so fresh as if it has come to life on this very day and yet it is so original and deep rooted as it always been there. Isfahan’s rich culture and beautiful nature are in such a wonderful harmony that they seem to be each reflection.
Isfahan may be a complete manifestation of the Iranian Islamic civilization, culture and arts that are old as Iran itself. Isfahan is a city of regular seasonal changes, “the city of four seasons”. Of all the seasonal months, Isfahan is in its most glorious state in May when a breeze comes from heaven to a colorful city of fresh favorable climate fascinating light.
Many visitors believe Isfahan is the most beautiful city in Iran. Its many green trees and flower gardens, the beautiful and very long walkways along the river (Zayandehrood) and its many historical places attract hundreds of visitors from different countries.
Isfahan’s main monuments are centered around the following areas, the Imam Square (or Royal Square), the Friday Mosque and more than 20 bridges on the Zayandehrood. The Imam Square is surrounded on all four sides by long walls with the Imam Mosque in the south, the Mosque of Sheikh Lotfollah in the east, the AliQapu palace in the west and the entrance of the great Bazar in the north.
It has so much to offer. No wonder it is called Nesfe Jahan, meaning half of the world.