About May Measurement Month
Our Goal: to raise awareness around blood pressure worldwide
Why MMM Started
ISH President (2016-2018) Neil Poulter explains how it all started
May Measurement Month is an initiative led by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and endorsed by the World Hypertension League (WHL). It grew out of World Hypentension Day, which was launched by the WHL in 2005 to raise awareness around blood pressure worldwide.
May Measurement has expanded this into a global synchronised screening campaign and took place for the first time during May 2017. Over 100 countries took part in the inaugural year and screened over 1.2 million people, making this the world’s largest public blood pressure screening programme. Our data analysis from this massive screening will allow us to collect scientific evidence to influence healthy policy around blood pressure screening. Now the groundwork is being laid for MMM18 to carry on this good work.
ISH President Neil Poulter said: ‘Raised blood pressure is the biggest single contributing risk factor for global death and the worldwide burden of disease, and May Measurement Month has already begun to lay strong foundations for significantly increasing public understanding.
‘Thanks to our generous supporters and amazing volunteers, screening sites were set up throughout May 2017 in a vast array of venues around the world – from tents to town halls, from remote villages to the heart of some of our biggest cities. Their goal was to screen as many people as possible worldwide who had not had their blood pressure measured in the previous year.
‘And they achieved that and much more — in some instances, our volunteers were screening people in their sixties or older who had never had their blood pressure measured at any time in their lives. All those found to be suffering from hypertension were given the same clear guidance, wherever in the world they were.
‘It was a remarkable achievement and we are determined to build on this superb foundation for MMM18.’
Take a look at our News section for just some examples of what MMM17 volunteers achieved, and if you’d like to join us in delivering the 2018 global initiative, please contact us now and we’ll keep you updated.