International Cardiovascular Health Alliance

We envision a world in which every community is empowered with the knowledge and tools to eliminate preventable cardiovascular disease.

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Our Mission

The mission of ICHA is to promote cardiovascular health by creating global alliances to share knowledge of effective cardiovascular disease prevention strategies in the developing world.

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Recent News!

We were recently featured in an India West Article! We are glad to see that we are making such an impact in rural India, but there's still a long ways to go.

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India West

Current Projects

Project Ignite: India

In 2013, ICHA’s program in India, Project Ignite, began. Project Ignite is a partnership between ICHA, UCSF, and the Tribal Health Initiative (THI)...

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Project Teach: Ghana

  • Health Worker Teaching Program

    Groups of clinicians and educators visited Elmina every six months and provided intensive education for Ghanaian health workers about how to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

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  • Secondary Schools Program

    Through a partnership with community leaders in Elmina, ICHA has worked with students and teachers to develop a senior secondary school club program and resource materials to promote community cardiovascular health.

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What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide, killing more people globally than infectious disease, nutritional deficiency, and maternal/perinatal conditions combined. Four out of five cases of CVD occur in developing countries.

Cardiovascular Disease News

Global Monitoring Framework for NCDs

Following a 3-day Member States Consultation in Geneva, Member States agreed on November 8, 2012, to groundbreaking global targets and indicators for the prevention and treatment of NCDs.

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Increasing Recognition of Cardiovascular Diseases in the Developing World

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports that by 2030 cardiovascular diseases will outpace HIV to become the number one cause of death in low-income countries in Africa.

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Slate Magazine Addresses Global Chronic Disease

Reporting on the “High Cost of Heart Disease and Cancer” in spring 2012, Slate Magazine informed readers of the global challenge of chronic diseases, reporting that while cardiovascular disease in low and middle income countries killed more than twice as many people in 2001 as did AIDS, malaria and TB combined...

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photo credit to Sheila Menezes