IntraHealth International and Novartis Foundation Team Up to Thwart Hypertension in Senegal

Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah courtesy of the Novartis Foundation September 26, 2017 IntraHealth International is partnering with the Novartis Foundation, the Senegal Ministry of Health and Social Action, PATH, local health officials, community-based organizations, and other local stakeholders to address hypertension and improve cardiac health among the population of Dakar. Through the new initiative, Better Hearts Better Cities – Dakar, the ministry will test evidence-based, scalable approaches in Dakar that have the potential to thwart the rise of hypertension and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) throughout Senegal and the region. NCDs kill more than 40 million people worldwide every year, and more than 80% of NCD-related premature deaths occur in low- or middle-income countries. In Senegal, the World Health Organization estimates that 34% of all deaths are due to NCDs. Of all chronic conditions, hypertension—a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke—is the most common

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IntraHealth International and Novartis Foundation Team Up to Thwart Hypertension in Senegal