How did MMM start?
Professor Neil Poulter, MMM Chief Investigator, explains how MMM got started
“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,” stated Professor Poulter.
More than 10 million people die each year due to conditions related to high BP – such as heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure – but unless hypertension is detected we cannot treat it to prevent these conditions. According to the PURE* study only 46.5% of people who have hypertension actually know they have it, despite the fact that detection is very simple. It costs very little and takes only a few minutes to measure someone’s BP which if raised can be easily treated. So, unless the public has access to screening which makes them aware, then the impact of effective treatments for controlling hypertension are limited, and that’s where MMM comes in.
“We want May Measurement Month to help turn 46% awareness to 96%. When we reach that level, we can stop.
Thanks to our generous supporters and amazing volunteers, screening sites are set up throughout the month of May 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: to screen as many people as possible worldwide who have not had their blood pressure measured in the previous year.
In some instances, our volunteers are screening people in their sixties or older who have never had their blood pressure measured at any time in their lives. All those found to be suffering from hypertension are given clear guidance the steps they need to take next to improve their health.
We have achieved so much already and are determined to build on this superb foundation for the future to improve access to BP screening around the world to save lives.”