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Changing Policy and Practice
High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (including heart attacks, stroke, and heart failure), which are the leading cause of death globally, with 18 million people losing their lives every year, disproportionality affecting those living in low- and middle- income countries.
With funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), Professor Tazeen Jafar and her team from Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore carried out a study testing the delivery of blood pressure interventions by community health workers in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They found that the intervention was more effective than routine care in rural communities, and it only cost $2 (US dollars) per person annually.
The Changing Policy and Practice Award will help Professor Jafar to disseminate these findings to the general public, health professionals, policymakers, donor agencies, and health ministries. They will advocate for the inclusion of these new strategies to fight the rising rates of poorly controlled blood pressure in South Asia and other countries.
Dissemination activities include hosting regional policy forums in South Asia on hypertension control and cardiovascular risk reduction with key stakeholders. The team will also circulate videos of their research for outreach and dissemination to the general public, and plan to hold meetings with the World Health Organization (WHO) and health ministries in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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Changing Policy and Practice Award
Why is research dissemination important?
Changing Policy and Practice Awards provide support for the dissemination of MRC and Medical Research Foundation-funded research results beyond the traditional vehicles of journal publications and academic conference presentations.
The broader aim is to influence healthcare and behaviour, by taking the latest research evidence directly to patients, practitioners and policymakers.
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