FOURTEEN health officials from the western, central and eastern divisions will soon be certified trainers in raising awareness on non-communicable diseases.
The nurses were part of a four-day training program hosted by the Fiji Health Sector Support Program and Fiji National University in collaboration with AusAID.
FNU deputy director of executive management and hospitality services Dr Satendra Nair said the nurses and sisters were into the second last module in their training.
"They are basically being trained to be trainers," he said.
"This training program will allow them to go out to rural communities and train and speak about issues concerning non-communicable diseases.
"They will be equipped with facts, statistics and about the alarming death rates associated with the disease, all of which will help them teach and educate people about NCD.
"They have also been learning about motherhood, breastfeeding and child care for their awareness programs."
He said through the National Training and Productivity Centre, FNU wanted to assist the Ministry of Health in raising more awareness on NCDs in the country.
"NCDs have become a serious problem in the country and we wanted to do something that will allow us to assist the ministry in raising awareness on these diseases.
"This training was first done in the North and because of the great response that we had it was moved to Viti Levu."
He added the nurses will receive their final certification later in the year.
"The fourth and final module will be done in November and that's when the participants will become registered trainers."