We all know what it means to lack money, time or sufficient knowledge to take care of ourselves, to go to the hospital to check our vital parameters (Blood Pressure, Body Mass, Body Temperature, Body-Mass Index and more…) inorder to prevent certain diseases like Cardiovascular diseases whose risk factors are so obvious.
We believe that money should not be a barrier to good health, a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. We believe that so far as we are living, there is hope, and health can follow at no cost.
These values are not just true for Low-income Populations, but also and even higher for High-income Populations.
Key facts according to WHO
CVDs are the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.
An estimated 17.3 million people died from CVDs in 2008, representing 30% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.3 million were due to coronary heart disease and 6.2 million were due to stroke.
-Low- and middle-income countries are disproportionally affected: over 80% of CVD deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries and occur almost equally in men and women.
-By 2030, almost 23.6 million people will die from CVDs, mainly from heart disease and stroke.
These are projected to remain the single leading causes of death if we do not take action at our level as Medical Students and Public Health Students and Professionals.
According to the Cameroonian Society of Cardiology
Cardiovascular diseases are on the rise in Cameroon and already affect nearly “35% of the adult population, or about 17,000 officially recorded cases each year” .Dec 27, 2016
World Medical Students (WMS) is organizing an Integrated Home Visits Program baptized WMS Heart Protection to provide the Screening of Cardiovascular diseases in Cameroon, starting from The Menoua Division and more precisely in Dschang and her surroundings.
Dschang is a university town located in West cameroon, with a population of more than 301385 habitants (2019).
The major Activities in Dschang are ; Intense Education, Commerce and Taxi Driving ….
Recently (in 2017), due to the Anglophone crises in the North-west and south-west of Cameroon, many people left those regions to settle in Dschang and other towns as IDPs. These people are our principal target population since they lack the necessary money to pay for their basic healthcare services, and also due to language barrier to express themselves.
All medical student from Cameroon (particularly from Dschang) and from abroad are allowed to apply as WMS Heart Protection Agents inorder to help in the Screening, Prevention and Counciling on Cardiovascular Diseases in Cameroon, Africa, and in the World.
A training session on ;
-How to record and interpret vital parameters.
-How to interact with a Patient ….
Shall be organized on March 2021 to equip our Agents before launching the program.
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