Non-communicable diseases project

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes have emerged as a major public health challenge. NCDs can be simply defined as the effect of the most common factors related to lifestyle: cigarette smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and alcohol use. Vietnam has one of the highest smoking rates in the world. Smoking causes diseases not only to smokers but also to non-smokers due to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. In Vietnam, smoking can be considered as the most dangerous factor of all NCDs.


trainning for local leaders

With support from the World Health Organization (WHO), CDS coordinated with Thai Nguyen Center for Health Communication and Education (CHEC) to implement a project concerning the prevention and control of NCDs in Dong Hy district, Thai Nguyen province. The project focused on information, education and communication about tobacco harm prevention and control, and about salt consumption reduction in order to control NCD risk factors. In the process of implementing the project, CDS assisted CHEC in developing a training package for local health care workers on Health Promotion, focusing on control of tobacco and other NCD risk factors, and organizing TOT training workshops for local health care workers on control of NCD risk factors and communication skills.  With assistance from CDS, the promotion activities were organized in the project area to raise public awareness about harmful effects of smoking and secondhand smoke, and about benefits of eating a low salt diet.

The project has resulted in positive changes in knowledge, attitude and practice of the local people towards the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases.