This online course provides information on PEN (Package of Essential interventions for NCDs). PEN, developed by the WHO, is one of the most cost-effective and evidence-based clinical interventions to assess and manage the major NCDs in resource-limited settings. Several countries in the Pacific have introduced PEN to reduce the burden of NCDs. This is a comprehensive course on PEN Protocol 1 and 2, and focuses on the assessment and management of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and diabetes, and on the health education and counselling. This free online non-communicable disease training also includes practical guidance on how to perform CVD-based screening and assessment.
Registration/enrollment of this course is only open for students from Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). There are PICTs specific adaptations of the global protocols; hence, we recommend this course to students originating from this region.
This online course consists of ten (10) modules. The first module provides the epidemiology of lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases and the global and regional responses to these diseases. The PEN interventions for primary healthcare in low resource settings is one of WHO’s best buys in addressing the problem of NCDs. Modules 2 to 10 focus on PEN Protocols 1 and 2, which are associated with the diagnosis and management of individuals with CVDs, or who are at high CVD risk. The course also includes instructional videos on clinical procedures for the early diagnosis of high CVD-risk individuals. The core principle in the PEN approach is to intensely manage individuals with high CVD risk in order to prevent or delay life-threatening and disabling complications and conversely, to conservatively manage those who are at low risk. After completion of this free online certificate on non-communicable disease control, the successful participants are encouraged to contact their country’s appointed focal person for PEN interventions regarding opportunities to have a chance to apply the knowledge they have gained and to develop skills in the use of the PEN guidelines.
After completion of this course, the students shall be able to :
- Understand the importance of implementing PEN in the pacific
- Describe how to screen and assess for CVD in PHC settings
- Utilize prediction charts to estimate CVD risk
- Manage the patients according to their CVD risk
- Counsel patients on healthier lifestyles and medical adherence
Module 1- Introduction to PEN and Overview of PEN Protocol 1 & 2
Module 2- Assessment and management of individuals with acute signs and symptoms of CVD or with prior CVD
Module 3- Screening for behavioural risk factors
Module 4- Screening for obesity, central adiposity, raised blood pressure and raised pulse rate
Module 5- Screening for obesity, central adiposity, raised blood pressure and raised pulse rate
Module 6- Referral Criteria
Module 7- CVD Risk Estimation
Module 8- Protocol 2: Health Education and Counseling on Healthy Behaviors
Module 9- CVD risk-based management
Module 10 - Adherence to treatment
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POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.
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This is a comprehensive course on PEN Protocols 1 and 2, which focuses on assessment and management of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and diabetes, and on health workers’ education and counselling.
Training on the Package of Essential NCD Interventions (PEN) Protocols 1 and 2 - CVD Risk-based Management
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