SMDP Collaborations in Asia
Addressing Public Health Priorities through Strategic Communications and Program Planning
For over a decade, CDC collaborated with Taiwan's Bureau of Health Promotion (BHP) and the Taiwan Center for Disease Control to strengthen management capacity in health promotion program planning and strategic communication. Taiwan’s major health concerns are noncommunicable diseases such as obesity and heart disease. City and county tobacco control program managers who attended program planning workshops used the tools they learned to develop local tobacco control plans funded by a new health tax on cigarettes. The 21 plans addressed tobacco control topics such as second-hand smoke in the home, teenage smoking, smoking in cyber cafes,
and smoking in the workplace. Management for International Public Health graduates also implemented communication workshops for mid-level public health professionals at the national and local levels.
Sustainable Management Development across the Filipino Public Health System
With large numbers of trained health workers emigrating each year, retention of staff in health services has been a major challenge for the Philippines’ health system. In 1994, CDC began working with the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) to strengthen the skills of local public health managers. In 1999, the Philippines DOH established the Field Management Training Program (FMTP).
The Philippines program is a role model for sustainability. At its inception, the FMTP was funded entirely by the DOH. As the program matured, FMTP graduates from the regional health offices launched regional management training programs. Costs are shared between the DOH and the local government units. Applied management learning projects of graduates have improved organizational performance in such areas as recordkeeping, the pharmaceuticals supply chain, food vendor compliance with sanitary certificates, and newborn registration.
Increasing Management Capacity through Thailand’s Sustainable Management Training Center
Following reductions in communicable diseases, improved nutritional status, and increased capacity for skilled birth care, the disease pattern in Thailand has gradually shifted towards noncommunicable diseases, injuries, and mental illness. In 2004, CDC and Mahidol University joined with the Thailand National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Ministry of Public Health to establish the Thai Sustainable Management Training Center. The Center has conducted management and leadership training for professionals across the health sector, including those working in hospital laboratories, regional medical centers, provincial health districts, and the NIH.
Increasing Management Capacity for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care
To combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Vietnam, CDC is collaborating with the Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control to improve HIV/AIDS service delivery and program operations. Since 2005, CDC’s Sustainable Management Development Program and Global AIDS Program have collaborated with the HSPH, the Center for Preventive Medicine in Danang, and the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City to establish regional HIV/AIDS management training centers. To date, those centers have trained teams of HIV/AIDS health managers from 59 of Vietnam’s 63 provincial HIV/AIDS centers. Management improvement projects in key technical areas have led to important changes in patient health behaviors. Those behaviors include improved patient adherence to opportunistic-infection treatment from 60% to 92% and increased self-reported condom use among female sex workers in Hue City from 69% to 90%. In 2009, HSPH is developing a standardized management development curriculum for country-wide implementation.
Read more about the program in Vietnam.