Hypertension has been long recognized as one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and premature deaths worldwide. It is estimated to cause 9.4 million deaths and 7.0% of Disability Adjusted Life Years ( DALYs) . In India, it exerts substantial public health burden on cardiovascular health status and health care system. It is estimated to account for 10.8% of all the deaths and 4.6% of DALYs in the country . The adult hypertension prevalence has shown a drastic increase in the past three decades in urban as well as rural areas. It is estimated that 16% of Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), 21% of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), 24% of Acute Myocardial Infarction (MI) and 29% of strokes are attributed to hypertension . This stresses the need for its effective management and control, and it highlights the huge impact it can have on the burden of cardiovascular diseases.
The increasing burden of hypertension necessitates key strategies and policies for its prevention. There are several issues that arise when it comes to management of hypertension, such as lack of availability of doctors (very low doctor to population ratio), concentration of specialists in urban areas and lack of training in management of hypertension at graduate level (MBBS). In the backdrop of these issues, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) have started this capacity building initiative in hypertension management for primary care physicians in India.
The panel of National Experts for the Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension Cycle II includes 10 renowned and eminent Cardiologists / Medicine Specialists of the country. This panel acts as an advisory body for course content, curriculum review & finalizing the course modalities.
BIHS is a registered society which promotes the advancement of knowledge and dissemination of information concerning the pathophysiology, epidemiology, detection, investigation and treatment of arterial hypertension and related vascular diseases. BIHS is the forum for professionals working in the feld of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the UK and Ireland. BIHS comprises doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers specializing in the delivery of care in hypertension and allied felds, together with clinicians and scientists in the forefront of cardiovascular research.
For more information on activities at BIHS, visit www.bhsoc.org
The observers of the Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension Cycle II includes a network of 32 observers who are eminent Public Health Professionals, Hospital Administrators, Community Medicine Specialists from various medical colleges & Team Members representing various divisions of PHFI are involved in regular monitoring of the program.
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is a public private initiative that has collaboratively evolved through consultations with multiple constituencies including Indian and International academia, state and central governments, multi & bi-lateral agencies and civil society groups. PHFI is a response to redress the limited institutional capacity in India for strengthening training, research & policy development in the area of public health. Structured as an independent foundation, PHFI adopts a broad, integrated approach to public health, tailoring its endeavors to Indian conditions and bearing relevance to the countries facing similar challenges and concerns. The PHFI focuses on broad dimensions of public health that encompass promotive, preventive and therapeutic services, many of which are frequently lost in policy planning as well as in popular understanding.
The 14th Prime Minister of India launched PHFI on March 28, 2006 at New Delhi with a vision to strengthen India's public health institutional and systems capability and provide knowledge to achieve better health outcomes for all. PHFI recognizes the fact that meeting the shortfall of health professionals is imperative to a sustained and holistic response to the public health concerns in the country which in turn requires health care to be addressed not only from the specific perspective of what works, but also from the social perspective of, who needs it the most.
For more information on activities at PHFI, please visit www.phfi.org
To be enrolled in the Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension, the participants must be :
MBBS with minimum 3 years of clinical experience Or MBBS with MD/DNB( Medicine/Internal Medicine/Family Medicine)
Established in 1966, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) is committed to promoting and encouraging the advancement of scientific research and knowledge and its application to the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke in hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases around the world. The Society was registered as a charity in England and Wales in December 2007.The two key aspirations of the International Society of Hypertension are to support younger members and reach out to as many countries globally as possible. To support global constituents, there are Regional Advisory Groups (RAGs) which covers (1) Africa (2) Asia and Australasia (3) Central and South America (4) Eastern Europe and Middle East (5) Western Europe and North America. A strong element of the RAGs is to develop outreach education activities and align developed and developing countries. The ISH also provides direct lines of communication via ISH International Forum comprising the national societies for blood pressure from around the world.
For more information on activities at ISH, please visit: www.ish-world.com
The program has been supported by an education grant from SUN Pharma laboratories ltd. For more details on activities of SUN Pharma log on to www.sunpharma.com
CCDC, a WHO collaborating center for capacity building and research and a department of biotechnology designated center of excellence for clinical research is an independent and not-for-profit biomedical research organization, based in New Delhi, India. It is an academic health science research organization driven by a passion to promote and protect cardiovascular health in India and the world at large.
CCDC undertakes clinical research in various domains of Non-communicable disease (NCD). Within the spectrum of chronic diseases, its main focus areas are: cardiovascular disease, diabetes and metabolic diseases. Within these domains CCDC engages both in population based and hospital based research involving several scientic designs. It also specializes in data management, training, policy advocacy and scientic secretarial assistance to international agencies. Capacity building through both contact and non-contact training is one of the core strengths of CCDC. Through such training programs it has built substantial capacity in India and several other developing countries.
For more information on activities at CCDC, visit www.ccdcindia.org
The regional faculty of the Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension Cycle II includes 41 eminent Cardiologist/Medicine Specialists. The faculty will be conducting the monthly contact session across the regional centres in the country.