Thank you for May Measurement Month 2018 and for building on the 2017 success
Thank you all of you who have supported May Measurement Month (MMM) 2018, a global public blood pressure screening programme led by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and endorsed by the World Hypertension League. With the generous support of numerous organisations including national hypertension and cardiac societies, thousands of volunteers from around the world came together for the second time to raise awareness of the issues surrounding raised blood pressure during MMM18.
Professor Poulter, President of the International Society of Hypertension, states: “We know we can often reduce blood pressure (BP) with lifestyle changes and existing drugs, but unless people know they have hypertension they can’t be treated. Our key objective is therefore, not only to increase public awareness, but also to collect the evidence needed to help influence global health policy and make BP screening more widely available around the world.
The results of MMM17 were published on the eve of World Hypertension Day 2018 in a paper in The Lancet Global Health. The paper reported analyses of the data from over 1.2 million screenees in relation to many factors including gender, age, lifestyle and location, but there are still many more questions to answer. We hope MMM18 data will help to generate more information and raise awareness even further.
Early indications suggest the number of countries taking part in MMM18 will exceed the eighty that contributed to the campaign in 2017. BP screening has taken place across many regions, cultures and in diverse screening locations, for example hospitals, community centres, schools, supermarkets, pharmacies, markets, temples and factories. The collection and analysis of MMM18 data is now underway, with the hope of releasing the results in September during the ISH Biennial Scientific meeting in Beijing.
If you have yet to submit your country data, please remember the deadline is 31st July 2018. If you would like to know more about future plans for MMM, please contact the MMM Project Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
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