Feasibility Assessment of Telehealth for Non-Communicable Diseases Screening by Village Health Volunteers in Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand


Miss Sujittra Kaewkart

Advisor :

Asst. Prof. Dr. Woottichai Khamduang Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Chiang Mai University

Background and Rationale

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as a group of non-transmissible chronic diseases resulting from a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors, and tend to be persist for long duration or for life (1). The four major diseases of NCDs comprise: 1) cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) including heart attacks, stroke, and hypertension, 2) diabetes, 3) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and 4) cancers (1-4). In 2019, World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that each year about 41 million people (74% of all deaths globally) die from NCDs (3). Annually, 17 million NCDs-related deaths worldwide aged below 70 years old. These premature deaths, i.e. age of deaths between 30-70 years old, were commonly found in low- and middle-income countries up to 86% The major causes of NCD-related deaths worldwide included cardiovascular disease (17.9 million people), followed by cancer (9.3 million), chronic respiratory diseases (4.1 million), and diabetes (2.0 million)

Primary Objectives

- To assess the feasibility of using Telehealth in NCDs screening performed by VHVs among people who are unaware of NCDs and stakeholders in Doi Lo district, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand

- To assess the Health Box competency of VHVs in NCDs screening by the workshop training

- To assess the satisfaction rate of using Telehealth in NCDs screening from the stakeholders

Study period:

Since June 2022 - now

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, medical technologist Sujittra Kaewkat and the LUCENT international collaboration team Has organized a workshop on "Evaluating the feasibility of using telehealth in screening for non-communicable diseases By community health leaders in Doi Lo District Chiang Mai Province, Thailand"

with Asst. Prof. Dr. Wuttichai Khamduang as the research project advisor and Second Lieutenant Suraphong Kabwang (President of Doi Lo Subdistrict Administrative Organization) and the group presided over this training.

Activities pictures all 3 visits