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Novartis Foundation and FHI 360 launch community-based, technology-supported hypertension program in Ghana

October 29, 2015

DURHAM, NC — The Novartis Foundation and its partners, led by FHI 360, have begun screening patients in the Community-based Hypertension Improvement Project (ComHIP), a two-year program designed to evaluate the impact of an innovative health care model on hypertension management and control in Ghana.

“We've taken lessons from previous work in infectious disease to create ComHIP, a unique health care model that joins together public–private partnerships, community-based health care services and technology that supports health care workers and drives patient education," said Peter Lamptey, Distinguished Scientist and President Emeritus, FHI 360 and Professor of Non-communicable Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. "We want to empower the whole community from patients to health care workers to local businesses to reduce the burden of hypertension and — hopefully — to improve the health care system overall." 

Being conducted in a district close to an urban center in Ghana, ComHIP will shift the point where patients access health care from the crowded and often-distant hospital to the community. Local businesses and health care workers based in the community will be trained to screen and care for hypertensive patients. Mobile devices and telemedicine will be used to support community nurses in decision making and ensuring seamless connection with community health care workers and physicians as needed.

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