The National Heart Foundation gets behind MMM18 in Bangladesh

29th May 2018Lisa Woodward

The National Heart Foundation gets behind MMM18 in Bangladesh

Like many other countries, Bangladesh has been experiencing an epidemiological transition from communicable to non-communicable diseases. With economic development and increased level of control and treatment of infectious diseases, CVD and other NCDs in adults are becoming a major health problem in the developing countries like Bangladesh.  Professor Dr Sohel Reza Choudhury (Professor and Head, Department of Epidemiology & Research, National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute & Secretary General, Hypertension Committee of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh) spoke to May Measurement Month about the problem of hypertension in Bangladesh and their involvement in MMM18

“The National Survey on NCD Risk Factors Bangladesh, 2010 reported that among the people aged 25 and above mean blood pressure was 119.8/76.3 mmHg (men 121.2 / 77.5 mmHg and women 118.5/75.3 mmHg). Overall 16.8% of the survey population had Stage I hypertension without medication and 20.3% of the survey population were having Stage I hypertension with medication. Regarding Stage II hypertension, overall 5.5% of the survey populations had Stage II hypertension without medication and 11.3% of the survey population had Stage II hypertension with medication [A BP ≥140/ ≥90 mmHg was considered as Stage I and a BP ≥160/ ≥100 mmHg was considered as Stage II hypertension]. The result indicates that 32.9% of the population had never measured their BP and the proportion is much higher in men (44.5%) than in women (22.8%)

On 3rdMay 2018 the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh started May Measurement Month (MMM) activities in Bangladesh. The  Chairperson and Secretary General of Hypertension Committee of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh, Professor Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik and Professor Sohel Reza inaugurated the MMM18 activities in Bangladesh.

First we started two centers in Dhaka namely, National Heart Foundation Hospital Research Institute, Mirpur-2 unit, Dhaka and National Heart Foundation Hospital Research Institute, Darus Salam unit Mirpur-1, Dhaka.  We continued country wide activities through affiliated bodies of the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh and other social organizations.

Headed by MMM18 Country Leader Professor Fazila-Tun-Nesa Malik, screening sites are run by volunteers and include:

  1. National Heart Foundation Hospital Research Institute, Mirpur-2, Dhaka
  2. National Heart Foundation Hospital Research Institute, Darus Salam, Mirpur-2, Dhaka
  3. Rangpur Hypertension and Research Center, Rangpur
  4. National Heart Foundation, Rajshahi
  5. National Heart Foundation, Gopalganj
  6. National Heart Foundation, Sylhet
  7. National Heart Foundation, Sherpur
  8. National Heart Foundation, Noakhali
  9. National Heart Foundation, Faridpur
  10. OHDIR Foundation, Tarail, Kishorganj
  11. Voluntary social activity in Paturpara, Bagerhat

Omron Limited, Dhaka Office provided us 50  digital blood pressure monitor (Model JPN 1) on 30 April 2018 to support these screenings.

See more of our activities uploaded on the facebook page of National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh (https://www.facebook.com/bangladesh.heartfoundation)