The Ministry of Health (MoH) represented by the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases under the Directorate General of Primary Healthcare, on Tuesday launched a strategic educational programme named NCD Academy.
It was launched in collaboration with Viatris (a legacy division of Pfizer) and in partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) along with the World Heart Federation and NCD Alliance, the MoH said.
The programme aims to equip primary healthcare workers with comprehensive education on non-communicable disease (NCD) care as they take on a more prominent role in prevention, utilising digital platforms.
The NCD Academy application includes a number of interactive courses that have been accredited by the American College of Cardiology and modules on the prevention of NCDs, management and prevention of diabetes, cancer and the effect of COVID-19 on those living with NCDs.
The application also includes modules on the early detection and management of the most common mental disorders.
‘It should be noted that the NCD Academy is a first-of-its kind collaboration between major actors in global health. It is available to all healthcare providers in the sultanate who are interested in obtaining the most recent developments on dealing with NCDs and mental illnesses,’ the MoH stated.