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Cardiovascular Disease Scorecards: painting the picture of heart health in Africa

ESC Congress News 2019 - Paris, France

The Cardiovascular Disease Scorecard is a tool that allows stakeholders, including members of the World Heart Federation (WHF), to assess strengths and gaps in national cardiovascular disease (CVD) programmes and policies.

Public Health
Risk Factors and Prevention
Health Policy

The CVD Scorecard provides a core set of indicators that allows WHF, its members and other stakeholders to understand the epidemiological situation in a country, monitor progress in the implementation of CVD prevention and management programmes, identify policy gaps to highlight where action is needed, and prioritise advocacy for particular policies or programmes.

Since 2018, the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) has been supporting WHF on implementing this project in Africa, and collaborating with the National Cardiac Societies and partners across the continent in the data collection and verification process. A clear picture of the current state of CVD prevention, control and management is being created across 12 African countries including Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan.



As well as advising national Ministries of Health, the CVD Scorecards provide a consolidated source of the most recent available CVD data by country to be utilised by cardiologists and other healthcare professionals. Data are collected from open data sources, published journal articles and government documents. The dataset covers various aspects of CVD with four focus areas: the national burden on CVD and its risk factors, health system capacity and treatment coverage, policy and governance environment for prevention and protection from risk factors, and the efficacy of CVD advocacy and involvement of civil societies.

By measuring the national response to CVD, priorities can be defined and progress mapped. Ultimately, countries
can be held accountable for their actions to promote better heart health outcomes and to meet the World Health Organization goal of reducing premature CVD mortality by 25% by 2025.

PASCAR and WHF welcome collaboration and input on the CVD Scorecard project. For more information, or to get involved, contact



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