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[afro-nets] What's needed to address CVD in developing countries?


  • From: "Catherine Coleman" <CCOLEMAN5@PARTNERS.ORG>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2006 12:24:40 -0400

What's needed to address CVD in developing countries?
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Dear Afro-nets colleagues,

In addition to the burden of communicable disease, chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease are rapidly increasing in Africa. According to WHO (2002) cardiovascular disease accounted for 9.2% of total deaths in the African region. Hypertension, stroke, cardiomyopathies and rheumatic heart disease were the primary causes of CVD deaths, and heart failure is becoming more common. By 2010, WHO estimates that the number of disability adjusted life years lost to cardiovascular disease in sub-Saharan Africa will rise to 8.1 million men and 7.9 million women. Cardiovascular disease has higher mortality in developing countries than in developed ones and affects younger people and women disproportionately.

ProCOR is an electronic network which, like Afro-nets, seeks to increase access to relevant and timely information in order to promote health in Africa and around the world.

Global attention is increasingly focused on the "double burden of disease" (communicable and chronic) facing Africa. In order to help ProCOR meet the informational needs of the global community working to prevent CVD in clinical, community, and policy settings, we are seeking your input on some big questions:

What are the most promising cost-effective primary and secondary prevention approaches to CVD? What are the barriers to these approaches?

Each of you has answers to these questions. In your country or community, what might prove to be the most promising approaches to promoting heart health? What stands in their way?

Please share your thoughts by replying to this message (to post to the list) or feel free to share them with me directly at: mailto:ccoleman5@partners.org.

Your valuable input will help ProCOR better support your efforts and advocate for solutions to the global CVD crisis.

(ProCOR welcomes new participants! Subscribing is free--simply send an email to <procor-join@healthnet.org>.

Many thanks.

Catherine Coleman
Editor in Chief
ProCOR
Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation
21 Longwood Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446 USA
+1-617 732 1318 x3332
http://www.procor.org
mailto:ccoleman5@partners.org