Promoting better patient care resulting from local African experience sharing
The World Heart Federation African Summit on Best Practices and Access to Care was held in Khartoum, Sudan on 10 and 11 October 2017 in collaboration with the Pan African Society of Cardiology, African Heart Network and Sudan Heart Society.
The Summit brought together African policy makers and representatives of African national societies and foundations to share their insights and strategies on policy implementation, access to essential medicine and integrative care in Africa to promote better patient care.
Heart disease and stroke remain the world’s foremost causes of premature death, despite being largely preventable through the mitigation of known risk factors. Diseases of the circulatory system are concentrated in low- and middle-income countries, where over 80% of premature deaths due to heart disease and stroke occur and where Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) continues to exact a vast health burden on the people that can least afford it. Without swift adoption of prevention and intervention strategies, current trends indicate increased global death and disability from preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The WHF African Summit provided a forum to mobilize the medical community and where politicians, policy makers and organizational leaders engaged on topics at the forefront of CVD to improve cardiovascular health and care in Africa.