International Society of Hypertension

Indian Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension to be introduced in Africa

Indian certificate course in management of Hypertension to be introduced in Africa to help tackle the high burden of raised blood pressure in the region

It gives us immense pleasure to update you on the recent “Continental Consultation Meeting” held in Nairobi, Kenya from 25th to 26th of February 2018 for the adaptation and expansion of the Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension to the African Region.

The Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), International Society of Hypertension (ISH), British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS) and Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) conducted the first continental meeting for the expansion of the Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension to the African region in Nairobi, Kenya. The course that has successfully trained over 1500 primary care physicians in India is now being adapted for the training of healthcare professionals in Africa. The meeting was attended by 28 key opinion leaders in the field of cardiology from across the continent.

In the meeting that lasted for two days, leading experts from Africa and from around the world deliberated on various key issues related to the roll-out of the course in the region as well as engaging in extensive review of the course to adapt it for the African context.  A press conference was also held with the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa to announce the landmark collaboration between the five esteemed organisations.

Certificate Course in Management of Hypertension (CCMH) is a ten months joint certification program offered by PHFI, ISH, BIHS and CCDC at 40 regional training centres across India. The first cycle of the program was launched on 24th July 2016 and currently the course is in its second cycle. The course has received an overwhelming response in both the cycles and has witnessed a total enrolment of 1270 primary care physicians against the initial planned target of 975. CCMH has been accepted by the National Health Mission (NHM) of three state governments in India for training of its 300 medical officers.

PHFI, ISH, BIHS and CCDC have partnered with Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) to launch CCMH for capacity building of healthcare professionals in the African region. PASCAR intends to roll-out this capacity building program across the African region in English, Portuguese, Arabic, French as well as other local languages. The course will be delivered in the original once-a-month contact based sessions over ten months for prescribers as well as a shorter, modified five month contact based program for non-prescribers.

The various dignitaries that attended the meeting include Prof. Neil Poulter (President, ISH), Prof. Francesco Cappuccio (President, BIHS), Prof. Saad Subahi (President, PASCAR), Prof. Elijah Ogola (Secretary General, PASCAR), Prof. Anastase Dzudie (Vice-President, PASCAR - Central Africa Region) and Chair, PASCAR Task Force on Hypertension), Prof. Harun Otteno (Vice-President, PASCAR (East Africa Region), Prof. Ibrahim Ali Toure (Vice-President, PASCAR - West Africa Region), Prof. Ojji Dike (Co-Chair, PASCAR Task Force on Hypertension) and Prof. Gamra Habib (President, African Heart Network). The delegates included members from different parts of Africa including Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Niger, Tanzania, South Africa, Cameroon, Mozambique, Sudan and Cote D’Ivoire. Dr. Sandeep Bhalla (Program Director- Trainings, CCCI, PHFI) and Dr. Arun Jose (Senior Program Manager, CCCI, PHFI) represented PHFI at this meeting.

Following the continental meeting in Nairobi, regional meetings will be held over the next few months for the training of the trainers in their respective regional languages. The first regional meeting for the course is tentatively planned to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on 25th April 2018. The course is expected to be rolled-out in various parts of Africa in the coming months.

Please find below a few images from the meeting.


Release of CCMH Africa Brochure

(Picture: Left to right) Dr. Sandeep Bhalla (PHFI), Prof. Anastase Dzudie (PASCAR), Prof. Saad Subahi (PASCAR), Prof. Neil Poulter (ISH), Prof. Francesco Cappuccio (BIHS), Dr. Mzee Ngunga (Kenyan Cardiac Society)



Group photograph of the delegates attending the Continental Consultation Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya




Dr. Arun Jose (PHFI) speaks during the session on CCMH Overview


Press conference with the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa


The key opinion leaders review the modules in their respective groups


Module Review in progress



Deliberations on the modules and adaptation of the content for the African context


Our sincere thanks to Dr Arun Jose for contributing this report.

Dr. Arun P. Jose,
Senior Program Manager,
Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries,
Public Health Foundation of India,
Gurugram – 122 002
Haryana, India.

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