International Cardiovascular Health Alliance

News Coverage

  • 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. This Framework is essential to make the hopes of the September 2011 UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases a reality.

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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. Cardiovascular disease is already the leading cause of death in South Asia where coronary heart disease and stroke account for 20.4% of deaths annually. The global health community still suffers from a lack of high-quality data about cardiovascular disease and risk factor levels, however. Data from the Global Burden of Disease Study was lacking for 89.8% of sub-Saharan Africa, compared with 0.3% of the population in high-income countries.

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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, chronic disease only received 1 percent of the global donor assistance for health in 2009. Looking at salt reduction alone, a yearly expenditure of $1 billion could save over 1.3 million lives annually.

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  • New Evidence for the Economic Burden of Cardiovascular Disease – And the Potential for Change

    Over the next 20 years, the cost of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, are expected to evolve into a “staggering” economic burden, a burden that will be increasingly borne by developing countries. Several “best buy” opportunities exist to cost-effectively prevent and control chronic diseases that could save millions of lives and billions of dollars annually

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  • Global Variability In Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

    Low fruit and vegetable consumption is an important risk factor for chronic diseases, but for many (mainly developing) countries, no prevalence data have ever been published. This study presents data on the prevalence of low fruit and vegetable intake for 52 countries and for various sociodemographic groups and settings across these countries.

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    May, 2009

  • Diabetes in the WHO Africa Region

    In 2000, the prevalence of diabetes among the 46 countries of the WHO African Region was estimated at 7.02 million people. Evidence from North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean indicates that diabetes exerts a heavy health and economic burden on society. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of such evidence in the WHO African Region. The objective of this study was to estimate the economic burden associated with diabetes mellitus in the countries in the African Region.

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    March 31, 2009

  • Tackling CVD in the Developing World

    Sydney, Australia - A new report is highlighting once again the danger of a cardiovascular disease (CVD) epidemic in many low- and middle-income countries, with the prediction that 85% of cardiovascular deaths worldwide will occur in such nations by 2030 [1]. The article demonstrates the widening gap between rich and poorer countries and the "irrepressible" rise of risk factors, the lack of primary-care facilities for chronic disease, and the unaffordable costs of treatment in low- and middle-income countries.

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    December 3, 2008

  • Ugandan Government Urged To Tackle Diabeties

    Kampala — HEALTH officials have asked the Government to sensitise locals on the diabetes epidemic. Dr. Agatha Nambuya from Mulago Hospital said many people countrywide were ignorantly suffering from the epidemic. She was presenting a paper on diabetes during a meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Friday. "Nearly 1.9% of Ugandans are living with diabetes, but those aren't the only faces affected by the disease," Nambuya said.

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    June 28, 2008

  • Concern About Obesity in Ghana

    A recent study by the World Health Organisation, which focused on seven African countries – Nigeria, Congo Brazzaville, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Niger and Ghana – has found that three million Ghanaians (out of a population of 20 million) are currently overweight or obese, the greatest number in any of the countries studied. Researchers also discovered that there were more overweight and obese Ghanaians in the southern part of the country than in the northern part. Additionally, in the Greater Accra region, more than 16% of the population is overweight or obese, while the condition is virtually non-existent in the ‘Upper West’ and ‘Upper East’ sections of the country. Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Gladys Ashitey, warned Ghanaians that high levels of obesity could lead to diabetes, hypertension, sleep disorders, gall bladder diseases, stroke and many cancers, and highlighted the adoption of Western lifestyles as a major cause of this trend.

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    March 26, 2007