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Cardiovascular health


Over recent decades, many low- and middle-income countries have experienced profound changes in their burden of disease. Their health problems now include noncommunicable (chronic) diseases and injuries in addition to infectious diseases. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and diabetes are leading causes of death and chronic illness in most middle-income countries and many low-income countries.

What the Global Forum does

In partnership with the World Health Organization, the Global Forum founded the Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries (IC-Health) to promote and prioritize resource-sensitive and context-specific research addressing the growing burden of cardiovascular diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

IC-Health is now an independent Swiss-registered foundation with a secretariat located in India.