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Hypertension Treatment Project

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, May 27, 2014


 To address the growing challenges with hypertension control globally, CDC in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partners, is launching the Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project. This project involves the development and implementation of a framework for standardizing the medical treatment of hypertension. Successful treatment models for infectious diseases such as those applied in global tuberculosis and HIV management inspired the framework. Central elements include a structured treatment approach with a core set of medications, treatment protocols with targets, and patient cohort monitoring. The project design aims to be feasible and flexible so it can be applied worldwide and complement existing hypertension guidelines. 
In March 2013, CDC and PAHO convened experts, including physicians, pharmacologists, epidemiologists, and other leadership from ministries of health, professional organizations and institutions in the region to support the development of the frameworkfor improving hypertension control worldwide. Project development will first focus on the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Key components include:

  • Medication Treatment: Identification of a core set of medications appropriate for the treatment of most adults with hypertension.

Availability of Core Medications: Identification of mechanisms to increase the broad scale availability of the core set of medications. For the Latin American and Caribbean region, the PAHO Strategic Fund

  • recently added to its Medicine List additional medications from the core set identified during the March workshops

    Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project Master Class I participants, listening intently to Project PI – Dr. Kenneth Connell


  • Key Elements of Care Delivery: Recommendations for key elements of care delivery to support effective hypertension treatment.


In the ensuing months, CDC in collaboration with regional and global partners will develop a plan to broaden stakeholder engagement and continually invite contributions to refine the approach. Lessons learned will inform global dissemination of the framework to improve hypertension control worldwide.

Healthy Caribbean Coalition is the local project manager for the GSHTP Barbados Pilot working in collaboration with key partners, the University of the West Indies – Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Barbados Ministry of Health. The HCC is a registered non-governmental, not for profit, regional alliance formed in 2008, borne out of the Declaration of Port-of-Spain, “Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of Chronic Non-communicable Diseases”, by Heads of Government of CARICOM, September 2007.

The Principal Investigator is Dr. Kenneth Connell, Lecturer, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill Campus, University of the West Indies. Local project oversight will be provided by: Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health; Dr. Kenneth George, Senior Medical Officer of Health (NCDs) Ministry of Health; Dr. Elizabeth Ferdinand, Senior Medical Officer, Ministry of Health; Mrs. Maryam Hinds, Director Barbados Drug Service; and Sir Trevor Hassell, President, Healthy Caribbean Coalition and Chairman, NCD Commission. Additional operational inputs will be provided by: Senior Physicians at Winston Scott Polyclinic – Dr. Ingrid Cumberbatch and Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic – Dr. Euclid Morris; Mrs. Kim Archer-Batson, Research Assistant; Dr. Jamario Skeete and Dr. Addison St. John, Training Coordinators; and Mrs. Denise Carter Taylor, Senior Health Promotion Officer Ministry of Health. International project oversight will be provided by: Dr. Sonia Angell, CDC; Dr. Pragna Patel, CDC; Dr. Marc Jaffe, Kaiser Permanente, Consultant; and a representative from CARPHA.  



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