Implementation Sciences & Research

The 2nd International Course on Implementation Sciences and Research in Noncommunicable Diseases, 11th - 12th February 2022

The 2nd International Course on Implementation Sciences and Research in Noncommunicable Diseases, 11th - 12th February 2022 was jointly organised by PGIMER Chandigarh and World NCD Federation.

The course consisted of 5 pre-recoded modules focusing on implementation research, its key concepts and challenges, development of an implementation research proposals, the multilevel interventions, and capacity building and funding for implementation research. In addition, 10 Live Sessions/Interactions were also held.

The course was attended by 59 participants including policy makers, program managers, medical college faculties and postgraduate students from different states across the India, Nepal and Africa.

During the inaugural function, Dr. JS Thakur, Prof, Dept of Community Medicine & School of Public Health; President, World NCD Federation and Course Coordinator informed about course objectives and expected outcomes. He apprised that diabetes and hypertension control rates are very low in India (10-15%) while the cancer screening rates are 5-10 %. He highlighted that there is evidence to practice gap, and this course is an important step towards the growing emphasis on implementation science as an essential aspect of bridging the evidence-to-practice gap.

Day 1 covered the 3 modules which were on the e-learning portal of the World NCD Federation. In Module 1, Prof JS Thakur spoke on Implementation Science: Overview, key concepts and issues and Dr Vilma Irazola, Argentina delivered lecture on Selecting appropriate study design and measurement. Module 2, Implementation Research in the Real World: From Science to Policy to Practice was taken by Dr Sitanshu Kar, JIPMER, Development of Implementation Research Proposal was covered by Dr Jaya Prasad Tripathy, AIIMS Nagpur, and the Interventions and measurement at different levels was taken by Dr Vilma Irazola. Module 3 was on case studies of implementation research projects from India and Africa.

Keynote Lecture on “How to prioritize health interventions” was delivered by Dr Prabhakaran Dorairaj, Executive Director, Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi, India. He emphasized on Prioritizing the health services in NCDs and a Need to look at the empirical ways to address this question.

A panel discussion on “Operational Challenges and Effective Implementation of National NCD Programmes” was conducted which covered the implementation challenges of NCD programs in Africa region, Nepal and India. State Programme Officers from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Meghalaya apprised about the challenges faced in the implementation of national NCD programs. During the discussion it was emphasized that there is a need for integration and convergence within program and that the intersectoral coordination is very important for effective implementation of national NCD programme.

The feedback by the participants revealed that the technical content, regarding Portal Login, recorded lectures, resource material and live interactions were appreciated, the physical activity and the energizer sessions in between the modules were also lauded. It was also recommended by the course participants that the course should continue for longer duration virtually in future as it would give more flexibility to them to complete the course at their own pace and also have more time to complete the topics and they can have thorough understanding of the module

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