Chronic noncommunicable cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in sub-Saharan Africa: An academic model for countering the epidemic

Gerald S. Bloomfield, Sylvester Kimaiyo, E. Jane Carter, Cynthia Binanay, G. Ralph Corey, Robert Einterz, William M. Tierney, Eric J. Velazquez

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Noncommunicable diseases are rapidly overtaking infectious, perinatal, nutritional, and maternal diseases as the major causes of worldwide death and disability. It is estimated that, within the next 10 to 15 years, the increasing burden of chronic diseases and the aging of the population will expose the world to an unprecedented burden of chronic diseases. Preventing the potential ramifications of a worldwide epidemic of chronic noncommunicable diseases in a sustainable manner requires coordinated, collaborative efforts. Herein, we present our collaboration's strategic plan to understand, treat, and prevent chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary disease (CVPD) in western Kenya, which builds on a 2-decade partnership between academic universities in North America and Kenya, the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare. We emphasize the importance of training Kenyan clinician-investigators who will ultimately lead efforts in CVPD care, education, and research. This penultimate aim will be achieved by our 5 main goals. Our goals include creating an administrative core capable of managing operations, develop clinical and clinical research training curricula, enhancing existing technology infrastructure, and implementing relevant research programs. Leveraging a strong international academic partnership with respective expertise in cardiovascular medicine, pulmonary medicine, and medical informatics, we have undertaken to understand and counter CVPD in Kenya by addressing patient care, teaching, and clinical research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)842-847
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Heart Journal
Volume161
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

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Africa South of the Sahara
Lung Diseases
Kenya
Chronic Disease
Cardiovascular Diseases
Research
Medical Informatics
Pulmonary Medicine
North America
Curriculum
Cause of Death
Patient Care
Teaching
Mothers
Research Personnel
Medicine
Technology
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Population

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Chronic noncommunicable cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in sub-Saharan Africa : An academic model for countering the epidemic. / Bloomfield, Gerald S.; Kimaiyo, Sylvester; Carter, E. Jane; Binanay, Cynthia; Corey, G. Ralph; Einterz, Robert; Tierney, William M.; Velazquez, Eric J.

In: American Heart Journal, Vol. 161, No. 5, 05.2011, p. 842-847.

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Bloomfield, Gerald S. ; Kimaiyo, Sylvester ; Carter, E. Jane ; Binanay, Cynthia ; Corey, G. Ralph ; Einterz, Robert ; Tierney, William M. ; Velazquez, Eric J. / Chronic noncommunicable cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in sub-Saharan Africa : An academic model for countering the epidemic. In: American Heart Journal. 2011 ; Vol. 161, No. 5. pp. 842-847.
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