Commitment to Action

Global Centers of Excellence to Address Chronic Disease

Commitment by

Ovations

In 2006, the Ovations Chronic Disease Initiative committed to create centers in low- and middle-income countries to counter chronic disease and to raise its global profile. The program is now called the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative; and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has committed $35 million to support it. The commitment is currently funding eleven centers, eight of which have been operational for nine months and developed many programs. In addition, in partnership with Oxford Health Alliance, the commitment has worked on communication, building a website, and publishing major articles in Nature and the Lancet.
As of June 2009, the eight centers (in Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan, Tunisia, South Africa/Tanzania, Central America, and on the US/Mexico Border) were funded by UnitedHealth and two meetings of all these centers had been held. The center in Bangladesh centre had completed surveillance of chronic disease in that country and the Bangalore Center had completed a feasibility study of the polypill in primary prevention of cadiovascular disease. The Delhi center had conducted and published a study of public health law in India. The Tunisia center had worked with government, schools, workplaces, and communities to begin to redesign communities to make healthy choices the easier choices. The South Africa and China centers had developed a non-lab-based method of assessing risk of cardiovascular disease. The South Africa center had developed guidelines for primary health workers covering all chronic disease and the Central America center had completed a needs assessment for responding to chronic disease for all countries in Central America.

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Commitment

Global Centers of Excellence to Address Chronic Disease

Launched

2006

Est. Duration

6 years

Estimated Total Value

$58,000,000

Region

Latin America & Caribbean, Oceania, Asia, Northern America

Countries

ARGENTINA, Australia, BANGLADESH, BELIZE, Canada, CHILE, CHINA, COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR

Commitment by

Ovations

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Roger Glass, Stephen MacMahon, Derek Yach, World Health Organization, Pekka Puska