Smoking Cessation Training Workshop
Smoking Cessation Training Workshop for PHC Service Managers on Strengthening PHC Systems for Treating Tobacco Dependence, in
The workshop started with a brief opening ceremony chaired by Dr Yitades Gebre, Adviser, Family Health & Disease Management, PAHO/WHO Office,
Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO Representative in
The first part of the training in day one focused on:
- Setting the scene, letting the participants introduce themselves and formulating the common base to work from through defining the objectives, outlining the workshop.
- Pre-course assessment.
- Presentations on the WHO FCTC and the situation in the Region and in
The second part of day one was dedicated to:
- Introduce the WHO-developed conceptual framework for strengthening PHC systems for treating tobacco dependence (Seven Building Blocks).
- Clarify PHC service managers' role in planning for system changes; building a roadmap to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into existing clinical infrastructure and getting support from stakeholders to plan and implement a system change for tobacco dependence treatment.
- Provide the participants the chance to practice delivering the 5A's brief tobacco intervention model (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange) as well as to use WHO seven building blocks as a tool to plan system changes.
The first part of the training in day two focused on:
- Recap of day one activities and a preview of the second day.
- Identify opportunities for system improvements, and to develop communication plan to win support from stakeholders.
- Presentations, practices and discussions on community participation
The second part of day two was dedicated to:
- Presentation and discussion on why incentives are important to motivate PHC providers to routinely identify and support tobacco users to quit.
- Practice on how to design an effective incentive systems to sustain a system change for treating tobacco dependence by using the WHO conceptual framework (seven building blocks) as a tool.
The last day was dedicated to:
- Training participants to develop their action plans to implement one system change for tobacco dependence treatment in their PHC settings. Participants worked in four small groups to develop their action plans. This activity was designed to give participants an opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and tools that had been taught to demonstrate how to effectively plan and implement system changes to improve the delivery of brief tobacco interventions in their PHC settings.
- The small group action plans were presented and discussed in the whole group. Facilitators and every participant gave his/her feedback and suggestions on how it can be improved. It was agreed that the next step is to make every effort to actually implement their action plans.