Communities for Healthy Hearts in Vietnam

Partnership objectives

The partnership aims to improve the health of adults with high blood pressure living in low-income households in four districts in Ho Chi Minh City province, Vietnam. 

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What are the health needs and challenges?

Heart disease is the deadliest chronic disease in the world. Rapid urbanization in low- and middle-income countries is a contributing factor. Migration from rural to urban areas is associated with increased blood pressure, the leading cause of heart disease. Healthcare services in these growing cities are struggling, and are swamped with ongoing challenges like infectious diseases. They have limited time or resources to tackle chronic diseases like high blood pressure, which are often without symptoms early on, yet can cause long-term damage.

Complications from hypertension and high blood pressure account for 9.4 million deaths worldwide every year. Nearly 25% of the adult population in Vietnam has hypertension, but less than half of them are aware of their condition. Of those diagnosed with hypertension, only 11% have it under control. In urban areas of Vietnam the prevalence of hypertension is higher at 33%, with Ho Chi Minh City being home to the largest urban population in the country.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In 2016, Novartis Foundation launched a hypertension management program in Vietnam, called “Communities for Healthy Hearts.” It is designed to improve the health of adults with high blood pressure living in low-income households in four districts in Ho Chi Minh City province, Vietnam’s largest urban area. The Novartis Foundation is collaborating with global nonprofit PATH, local partners and government agencies in Vietnam.

The Ho Chi Minh City program leverages the collective expertise of its partners to create an innovative healthcare model adapted to the needs of low-income patients. It does this by:

  • Using an awareness campaign to create a sense of urgency to generate demand and encourage people to take action
  • Strengthening treatment and referral services by collaborating with the public and private health sectors, as well as the local community
  • Partnering with social enterprises to improve blood pressure screening
  • Leveraging technology to help patients with high blood pressure manage their disease and adhere to their therapy

 


Partnership information

Company(ies) Novartis

Partner(s) Hanoi School of Public Health, Ho Chi Minh City’s Provincial Health Department, PATH

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Hypertension

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) General population

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Vietnam

Start Date 2016

Anticipated completion date Ongoing