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The Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) STEPs National Survey Result Dissemination Workshop which was organized by the Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s (EPHI) Health Systems and Reproductive Health Research Directorate was successfully conducted from September 21-22, 2017 at EPHI’s training center.
Dr. Ebba Abate Director General of EPHI while welcoming the guest of honor, invited guests and participants of the workshop said that the agenda of this workshop covers a wide range of very interesting findings relating to NCD in Ethiopia. And prior to the present survey there was no representative NCD factor survey undertaken in Ethiopia therefore this findings could fill major gaps in the area.
FDRE Ministry of Health’s State Minister Dr. Kebede Worku in the opening speech indicated that the burden of NCD in health facilities is increasing which led to the need for this research.
“This research is conducted as per the World Health Organization’s NCD STEPs Survey Tool in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, EPHI and other partner organizations. The findings of the results will be very important inputs for the way forward in the country’s health system. And I would like to thank all those involved in the study and the Technical Working Group (TWG),” said State Minister Dr. Kebede.
During the workshop more than 13 presentations were presented and the TWG has received certificates of recognition from State Minister Dr. Kebede.
Dr. Tsigereda Kifle EPHI’s Deputy Director General while officially closing the workshop thanked all the participants for their active participations and all the suggestions and comments forwarded will be incorporated in the proceeding of the workshop and will be delivered to all those concerned and authorities.
The major objectives of the workshop were to acquaint health development partners, government sectors, and the public at large with major findings of NCD steps survey, and also to exchange views among professionals to strengthen NCD related health interventions.
After the workshop it is expected that the participants will have understanding of the magnitude and major determinants of the NCDs in the country and how to tackle the problem in their respective institutions. In addition the participants share views and opinions about the problem with in the scientific community and how to disseminate the findings to the larger public.