Promoting Cardiovascular Health in the Developing World
A Critical Challenge to Achieve Global Health
Valentín Fuster and Bridget B. Kelly, Editors
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COMMITTEE ON PREVENTING THE GLOBAL EPIDEMIC OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: MEETING THE CHALLENGES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
VALENTÍN FUSTER (Chair),
Mount Sinai Heart
ARUN CHOCKALINGAM (through January 2010), Faculty of Health Sciences,
Simon Fraser University
CIRO A. DE QUADROS,
Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute
JOHN W. FARQUHAR,
Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine
ROBERT C. HORNIK,
The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
FRANK B. HU,
Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
PETER R. LAMPTEY,
Family Health International
JEAN CLAUDE MBANYA, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences,
University of Yaoundé I
Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Division of Cardiology, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
RACHEL A. NUGENT,
Center for Global Development
JOHN W. PEABODY,
Institute for Global Health, University of California, San Francisco
K. SRINATH REDDY,
Public Health Foundation of India
The School of Public Health, University of Alberta
BRIDGET B. KELLY, Study Director/Program Officer
COLLIN WEINBERGER, Research Associate (from April 2009)
RACHEL JACKSON, Research Associate (through February 2009)
LOUISE JORDAN, Research Assistant
KRISTEN DANFORTH, Senior Program Assistant
JULIE WILTSHIRE, Financial Associate
PATRICK KELLEY, Director, Board on Global Health
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:
Robert Beaglehole, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Tom Coates, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
Susan J. Crockett, Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition
Martha N. Hill, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
James Hospedales, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Dean Jamison, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
Katherine Marconi, Department of Management and Finance, University of Maryland University College
Bongani Mayosi, University of Capetown, Department of Medicine
Anthony Mbewu, South African Medical Research Council
Pekka Puska, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
Ricardo Uauy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
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About 10 years ago, in an address as the newly appointed President of the American Heart Association (AHA), I alluded to three serious challenges facing the field of cardiovascular disease: (1) How to support and energize research, which is so crucial to preventing the still-evolving epidemic of cardiovascular disease (CVD)? (2) Is it realistic to expect that this global epidemic can be lessened or avoided solely by professional and public education, or is there a need for more aggressive implementation strategies at a global level? (3) Would a more integrated and cooperative global approach, involving many if not all of the national and international organizations represented at the AHA Scientific Sessions, maximize the effectiveness of individual organizations and their volunteers?
Some of my colleagues diplomatically questioned the arguments of my speech, arguing that the AHA should focus its attention on the United States as the primary objective. At that time, my answer did not differ from the answer I would provide today, although now in much stronger terms after having been exposed even more thoroughly to the realities of the epidemic in low- and middle-income countries as President of the World Heart Federation. Over two-thirds of deaths attributable to CVD worldwide occur in low and middle income countries. Therefore, if the goal of the cardiovascular community is truly to achieve cardiovascular health, I see a clear responsibility to think and act globally, beyond the borders of high income countries.
Aging of populations, globalization, and rapid urbanization are changing disease patterns around the world. The epidemiological transition to
a high chronic disease burden is occurring at a particularly rapid rate in developing countries. Thus, solutions for low and middle income countries need to be initiated within a short time frame, which represents an important public health challenge, given that these regions have fewer resources and greater health inequities than high income countries. If this challenge is not met, it will be impossible to achieve better health worldwide. Therefore, just as it is incumbent upon the cardiovascular community in high income countries to think and act globally, it is also incumbent upon the global health community to act upon the needs of cardiovascular disease.
This recognition of the need for action from leaders in both cardiovascular disease and global health served as motivation to accept the Institute of Medicine’s invitation to chair this ad hoc committee, which was charged to study the evolving global epidemic of CVD and to offer conclusions and recommendations pertinent to its control. Since the inception of this study, the committee recognized that it faced a broad task and a complex problem. At our first meeting it became clear that my colleagues shared one of my primary concerns: after substantive efforts of nearly two decades in which convened committees and documents have portrayed the evolving health and economic burden of CVD, in what way could our committee contribute toward a solution? Thus, the committee took on as a driving force the task of evaluating the factors contributing to the profound mismatch or “action gap” between the compelling evidence that had been articulated in previous efforts and the lack of concrete steps to implement actions. Our goal became to identify the necessary next steps to move forward and to define a framework in which to implement these steps.
We approached the task systematically, meeting four times in person, including two public sessions in which a number of additional experts in various fields were gathered to help inform our deliberations. These meetings were supplemented by countless ongoing deliberations through phone calls and email exchanges. Since the very beginning of our “run,” our outstanding study director from the IOM staff, Bridget Kelly, focused our efforts toward a limited number of feasible recommendations which, of course, progressively evolved as we reached our final conclusions over time.
This report reflects the path the committee followed. We reviewed the compelling epidemiological and economic evidence, which we found provides a clear mandate for action. We recognized the need for measurement and evaluation to truly understand the local nature of the epidemic and how best to intervene in ways that are locally relevant. We reconciled our “dream” of an ideal vision to promote cardiovascular health with our understanding of the pragmatic considerations of implementing interventions in low and middle income countries and the limited documentation and evaluation of successful strategies in these settings. Importantly, the
committee chose to highlight the emerging importance of targeting mothers, children, youth, and young adults for prevention interventions in order to achieve long-term success in promoting cardiovascular health and reducing the burden of CVD.
Ultimately, the committee recognized that success in overcoming the burden of CVD will require the combined efforts of many players sustained over many years. Success is possible if the major stakeholders in CVD, related chronic diseases, and other areas of global health can be organized at global, national, and local levels to implement the necessary actions to control the global epidemic of CVD. It is the hope of all involved in this project that this report will prove to be a catalyst for action in the next stage of progress in the fight against global cardiovascular disease.
I would like to thank the members of the committee for their devotion of time and energy to this project. It was a privilege and a pleasure to work with my fellow committee members, to learn from them in their respective areas of expertise, and to engage with them in hearty discourse about the issues at hand. Many other experts also gave generously of their time and expertise to contribute to our information-gathering, and their contributions are deeply appreciated. The many other individuals who played a role in this process are listed in the acknowledgments on the following page, and I would like to add a special note of gratitude to the Institute of Medicine and especially to Bridget Kelly, Collin Weinberger, Louise Jordan, and Kristen Danforth, members of the project staff, for their laudable efforts shepherding and supporting the committee through every aspect of this process.
Valentín Fuster, Chair
Committee on Preventing the Global Epidemic of Cardiovascular Disease: Meeting the Challenges in Developing Countries
The Committee is deeply appreciative of the many valuable contributions from those who assisted with this project. First, the Committee would like to thank the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for funding this study, and Zhi-Jie Zheng and Elizabeth Nabel for their guidance and support. The committee benefited enormously from the generously given time and expertise of the speakers and panelists at public information-gathering sessions. These individuals are listed in full in Appendix C. Several authors wrote papers for the committee, which were immensely helpful to the committee’s deliberations: Thomas Gaziano and Grace Kim; Alejandro Jadad; Stephen Jan and Alison Hayes; Marie-Claude Jean and Louise St-Pierre; Mehmood Khan and George Mensah; Jeff Luck and Riti Shimkhada; and Marc Suhrcke, Till Boluarte, and Louis Niessen.
The committee would also like to thank Dorothy Chyung and Rajesh Vedanthan, who contributed research and writing support to committee members during this process. In addition, Morgan Heller helped in the early stages of the project as an intern at the Institute of Medicine. Belis Aladag and Laura Samuel each spent time with the committee and project staff as part of their training and education programs; both went above and beyond all expectations, and their valuable research, writing, and analytic contributions to the project were very much appreciated.
A number of individuals were crucial to the administrative and logistical success of this project. For their patience and help coordinating schedules and facilitating communication, the committee would like to thank Jennifer W. Tsai, Alanur Inal-Veith, Chellam Chellappan, Brian Shaw, Julia Addae-Mintah, Immaculate Kofie, Sarah Toming, Lucy Gonzales, Jasmine
Samuel, Lisa Nordin, Marie Viau, Ann LaBombardi, and Josie Kummer. In addition, Anthony Mavrogiannis and the staff at Kentlands Travel deserve mention for their much-appreciated persistence and problem-solving in working with the often complex travel needs and requirements of this project.
Finally, the committee conveys its gratitude and appreciation for the hard work and professionalism of the many staff of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academies who had a hand in every stage of this project. In particular, the committee would like to express its thanks for the excellent work of the study director, Bridget Kelly, and all the members of the project team who provided research, writing, analytic, and administrative support: Kristen Danforth, Louise Jordan, Collin Weinberger, Rachel Jackson, and Julie Wiltshire. The committee is also grateful for the support of Patrick Kelley, director of the Board on Global Health, who provided guidance and wisdom at critical stages of the project.