Illuminating the pathway for the next generation of cardiovascular medicine practitioners and researchers: Highlights of the Joint PASCAR-SCC clinical symposium on hypertension and heart failure, Cameroon

Martin H. Abanda, Anastase Dzudie, Ba Hamadou, Yves Monkam, Henry Luma, Marie Solange Douala, Loryane Nganhyim, Bonaventure S. Dzekem, Theophile N. Nana, George Nel, Ana O. Mocumbi, Simon Stewart, Karen Sliwa, Eugene Belley Priso

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The Pan-African Society of Cardiology roadmap aims to achieve a 25% control of hypertension by the year 2025. Whether this is attainable or not depends largely on the capacity of healthcare providers and policy makers to address the rising prevalence of hypertension and its complications, including heart failure. Task sharing is fundamental in optimising hypertension control. The Clinical Research Education, Networking and Consultancy (CRENC) engaged with the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) and the Cameroon Cardiac Society (SCC) in a joint hypertension and heart failure symposium at the Douala General Hospital in 2016. The primary aims were to foster clinical research in cardiovascular medicine by raising awareness on cardiovascular diseases, to provide evidence-based training of an international standard, to encourage the conduction and dissemination of high-quality research, and to build programmes for continuing medical education. The secondary aim was to potentiate the 2nd Douala Research and Scientific Days. The symposium, which featured didactic lectures interspaced with oral/poster abstract presentations and a clinical visit, culminated in the launching of the book Heart of Africa, and the Young Investigator award. It is hoped that these served to capacitate existing cardiovascular structures, breed the next generation of cardiovascular physicians and researchers, and imprint a trail of clinical research excellence to be emulated in Cameroon and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-276
Number of pages3
JournalCardiovascular Journal of Africa
Volume28
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Abanda, M. H., Dzudie, A., Hamadou, B., Monkam, Y., Luma, H., Douala, M. S., Nganhyim, L., Dzekem, B. S., Nana, T. N., Nel, G., Mocumbi, A. O., Stewart, S., Sliwa, K., & Priso, E. B. (2017). Illuminating the pathway for the next generation of cardiovascular medicine practitioners and researchers: Highlights of the Joint PASCAR-SCC clinical symposium on hypertension and heart failure, Cameroon. Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, 28(4), 274-276.