MMM around the world: a few final 2017 highlights

3rd July 2017Eugenie Verney

MMM around the world: a few final 2017 highlights

The truly global reach of May Measurement Month has been captured throughout our news updates, and this final look at the 2017 campaign puts the focus first on South America and then moves to Africa. Details of the numbers screened worldwide will follow once all the MMM17 data has been analysed.

Omrom MM17 video

South America: Global healthcare company Omron played a key role in May Measurement Month 2017 globally, donating more than 20,000 blood pressure measuring units to screening centres worldwide. Among them were 500+ devices distributed across Omron’s South America operations area which covers 13 countries — Argentina, Barbados, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Click on the image for an overview of Omron’s MMM17 activities across the continent. 

Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville): May Measurement Month volunteers screened more than 3,700 people in the capital Brazzaville at screening centres at a variety of locations, including the Fondation Schnell clinic (top left) and at an initiative sponsored by high-profile MP Charlotte Opimbat (bottom right).

Cameroon: Volunteers brought together residents from Balikumbat and neighbouring villages in the country’s north-west for a day of focused screening on World Hypertension Day (May 17). The May Measurement Month initiative was sponsored by the Hon Banmi Emmanuel Ndinga (centre, with some of the MMM17 volunteers) and overseen by Kyeng Mercy Tetuh, the CEO of Value Health Africa. Dr Lilian Ngwana raised awareness of the event via Balikumbat Community Radio, and a total of 160 men and women were screened with 50 of them found to be hypertensive. In response, a blood pressure and blood sugar control clinic has been set up, with VHA donating some of the equipment. 

 

Malawi: A team from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city of Blantyre took the May Measurement Month message to Blantyre Market for a day of screening there. They were led by Associate Professor Mary Mbeba of Women in Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases in Malawi (WIDREM) (right), and used blood pressure monitoring devices donated by healthcare company Omron to take measurements.