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|Title: ||Cardiovascular diseases in the African region: current situation and perspectives: Report of the Regional Director|
|Authors: ||World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa|
|Issue Date: ||23-Jun-2011|
|Abstract: ||1. The burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing rapidly in Africa, and it is now a public health
problem throughout the African Region. Most important are hypertension, stroke, cardiomyopathies and
coronary heart disease. Rheumatic heart disease is still a major concern.
2. One of the reasons for increased cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) worldwide is the increase in aged
populations. Another reason is exposure to various modifiable risk factors that are responsible for at
least 75% of all the CVDs.
3. As with other noncommunicable diseases, CVDs are not often given the attention they deserve. As a
result, most countries do not have national programmes or strategies to address CVDs. Likewise,
surveillance systems for risk factors are almost non-existent in the Region.
4. Priority interventions aimed at reducing the burden of CVDs in the African Region include setting
up national noncommunicable diseases programmes which include CVD; setting up surveillance
systems based on risk factors; capacity building of health personnel; ensuring availability of costeffective
medications; implementing the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control and the Global
Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health; and incorporating both primary and secondary
prevention of rheumatic heart disease.|
|Description: ||Regional Committee for Africa
Fifty-fifth session, Maputo, Mozambique, 22–26 August 2005|
|Subject: ||Cardiovascular Diseases|
Regional Health Planning
prevention and control
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|Appears in Collections:||Regional Committee for Africa|
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