PATH is collaborating with the Novartis Foundation, a philanthropic organization pioneering innovative health care models, to introduce an innovative health care delivery model designed to improve hypertension management and control in Vietnam. The model is implemented in four districts of Ho Chi Minh City—home to the largest urban population—in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Department. The districts cover a population of approximately two million people, and a target population of approximately 700,000 people aged 40 years or older.
The three-year program aims to improve blood pressure control among adults by increasing access to and use of high-quality hypertension services that are sustainable and scalable. The objectives of Communities for Healthy Hearts are to:
- Increase awareness, patient engagement, and demand for screening and self-management of hypertension.
- Increase quality and availability of patient-centered services for hypertension reflecting the full continuum of care (prevention, early detection, treatment, and follow-up), both at public and private facilities.
- Reduce loss to follow-up by strengthening referral systems, empowering patients with tools for self monitoring and managing their hypertension care.
- Enable country-level decision-makers to translate the generated evidence into policy, and scale up the patient centered model to improve blood pressure control in Vietnam.
Communities for Healthy Hearts aims to improve blood pressure control among adults by increasing access to and use of high-quality hypertension services that are sustainable and scalable. PATH/Matthew Dakin
The project is part of PATH’s broader strategy to improve access to prevention and care for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) using innovative tools and approaches to increase availability of essential medicines and technologies, and integrate NCDs into existing systems and services.
Watch the stories of people and families living with hypertension in Ho Chi Minh City here:
Novartis Foundation Press Release: Novartis Foundation and partners launch innovative hypertension program in Vietnam
PATH web story: Fighting a hidden disease in Vietnam
Novartis Foundation web story: Novartis Foundation and partners launch innovative hypertension program in Vietnam
Novartis Foundation feature story on hypertension in Vietnam: Fighting high blood pressure in Vietnam
Communities for Healthy Hearts is implemented in partnership with the Novartis Foundation, The Hanoi School of Public Health, and the Ho Chi Minh City Provincial Health Department.
For more information about Communities for Healthy Hearts, contact Dr. Kimberly Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.