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Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrates 10 years of CVD Prevention

International Conference on CVD Prevention in South East Europe

The Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the ten-year anniversary of its Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programme with an International Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in South East Europe, held in Banja Luka on 9 October 2009.


CVD Prevention in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Thanks to the Health and Heart Foundation and its partners, the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina was among the first countries in Europe to celebrate World Heart Day in 2000.

Created the same year, the National Committee for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Republic of Srpska was one of the first alliances in Europe to bring together representatives of all relevant institutions participating in the implementation of the prevention programme.

The Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the first countries in Europe to implement the European Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, develop a National version of HeartScore® and to organise a national signing of the European Heart Health Charter, in 2007. 

An International Conference on CVD Prevention

International Conference on CVD Prevention in South East Europe
Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina - 9 October 2009

This conference was organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Health and Heart Foundation, the Association of Cardiologists and the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republic of Srpska. The President of the Republic of Srpska, Academician Rajko Kuzmanović, stressed out the importance of this event aimed at raising public awareness and promoting measures of prevention towards reduction of cardiovascular diseases.

The conference was supported and attended by representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Heart Federation (WHF), European Heart Network (EHN), American Heart Association (AHA), American Cardiology College (ACC) and European Centre for Peace and Development (ECPD).

Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Health, Public Health Institute, association of cardiologists, foundations, associations of internal medicine, endocrinology, neurology, paediatrics, family medicine and medical technicians, national coordinators for cardiovascular disease prevention, as well as representatives of media and industry from South East Europe countries. Representatives of all health institutions from the Republic of Srpska were also invited to the Conference.

Topics Addressed:

  • Analysis of significance of systematic examinations of children
  • Assessment of obesity and cardiovascular risk
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Use of cardiovascular medicines in the Republic of Srpska 
  • Tobacco as a major risk factor
  • Medical and nutritive prevention of cardiovascular diseases
  • Assessment of CVD risks by application of the SCORE risk charts

What’s next?

The participants were invited to continue their action with a Standing Regional Conference on CVD Prevention. One of the main objectives is to develop regional coordination to establish a CVD prevention programme and monitor its implementation in the countries of SEE region with a view to reducing cardiovascular diseases and deaths.

Read the proposal of conclusions and recommendations from the first international conference on cardiovascular disease prevention in south east Europe.

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