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Close to 3,000 people to be screened for hypertension

By Ministry of Health

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PRESS RELEASE – The St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association has organised a workshop aimed at training both community health care workers and persons with Hypertension on ways to handle and control blood pressure.

This will be done under phase 1 of the Blood Pressure Control through community action, (BPCCA 1).

The training session which is scheduled to commence at the Bay Gardens Resort on Friday, April 17th is funded by Government of Australia and represents a partnership between the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and the St. Lucia Diabetes & Hypertension Association in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Social Transformation.

Resource persons among them are medical practitioners from Barbados namely Sir Trevor Hassell, Dr. Jamario Skeete, Dr. Addison St. John and Ms. Maisha Hutton.

The Blood Pressure Control through Community action (BPCCA 1) is a regional initiative funded by the Government of Australia, through its Direct Aid Programme (DAP).

BPCCA is a multi phased project which aims to strengthen the capacity of HCC member Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to more effectively deliver interventions aimed at contributing to a WHO determined set of nine (9) voluntary global NCD targets agreed to by Caribbean Governments.

This includes the reduction in raised blood pressure by 25% by the year 2025 and a 30% reduction in salt/sodium intake by the year 2025.

The goal of the Blood Pressure Control through Community Action is to strengthen the capacity and community outreach of the Caribbean civil society around Hypertension detection and control initiatives.

Some of the objectives include:

•             To improve the capacity of CS to provide high quality community based screening and monitoring for hypertension in support of PHC services thereby contributing to strengthened health systems.

•             To contribute to improved blood pressure control rates within the targeted communities.

•             To strengthen DAP 2 sub grantee and in country civil society networks and collaborations around hypertension reduction.

 Goals of the Workshop

•             It is expected that at the end of the one day training workshop the trainees will be able to contribute to the improvement of the capacity of St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertensive Association in their delivery of high quality standardised blood pressure screening, referral and monitoring within their target communities.

•             It is also hoped that the process of providing technical assistance in creation of best practice approaches to Blood Pressure screening and treatment.

•             It is anticipated that three thousand (3,000) persons will be screened in the seven (7) communities of Gros Islet, Dennery, Micoud, Vieux Fort, Ciceron, Anse La Raye and Canaries.

In addition to St. Lucia the programme will also be undertaken in Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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